Friday, 31 July 2015

5 Knots means no faster than 5 knots




For the 3rd time this week Coastguard Rescue Officers have had to speak to the owners of craft speeding close to the shore.

Swanage has a 5 Knot speed limit for craft from the beach out wards marked clearly by yellow marker bouys.

All owners denied knowledge of knowing there was a speed limit although the same boat now has been spoken to twice!

The Coastguard will be passing the vessel details to both Purbeck District Council ( Enforcement Authority) and Dorset Police. Ultimately should an incident occur the person in charge of this vessel would be personally liable for damage to other boats, or injury to persons. 

The speed limit is vital for the safety of other users of the bay.

Please respect the limit and ensure the safety of swimmers especially.


2 comments:

Cathy Lewis said...

As a sea swimmer, I am increasingly concerned about the number of boats and jet skies that ignore the speed limit. More and more jet skies are launching from Ocean Bay, and not all of them respect the safety rules. It would be good if more people knew what to do when they saw such irresponsible behaviour. Who do we report it to?

Swanage Coastguard said...

The enforcement of the speed limit is via Purbeck District Council so your concerns should go via them. There is an enforcement officer who patrols at certain times.

In an Emergency always call 999 and ask for Coastguard. The Coastguard will work with the Police and Purbeck District Council if required to take action.