Local Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has issued a plea for Jet skiers to act responsibly at Browns’ Bay and other recreational beaches in East Antrim.
“It is great to see that our superb beaches have attracted so many people- locals and tourists alike in the first- and hopefully not the last- spell of fine summer weather. However I am concerned at reports that the Coast guard had to be called to Browns’ Bay at the weekend to respond to complaints about dangers to beach users caused by some jet skiers.”
To ensure the safety of users Larne Borough Council has signs restricting the speed of pleasure boats and jet skis to a maximum speed of 8 knots within the positioned marker buoys at Ballygally and Browns Bay.
Roy Beggs MLA added:
“I am by no means anti-jet skiing but it should be properly regulated so that our beaches are safe for everyone to use. They should not be allowed anywhere close to the shore or near to where people are swimming. If one of these machines loses control I dread to think what the consequences would be.
Seven years ago, largely due to representations made by my office, Larne Council renewed signage at Browns’ Bay and buoyed off an area for launching these craft and keeping them well away from the shoreline. I have asked that the buoys to be renewed, and would appeal to Jet Ski users to abide by the rules and common sense. In great weather we are reminded how lucky we are to live near the coast, but we have to make sure that we can all enjoy our beaches safely.”