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Swimmers 'terrified' as jet skis speed around them in Dun Laoghaire

The Coast Guard said that it received a number of calls about the vehicles at Seapoint yesterday evening.

Seapoint.
Seapoint.
Image: Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard via Facebook

DUN LAOGHAIRE COAST Guard says that swimmers were “terrified” yesterday as two jet skis sped around them.

The Coast Guard said that it received a number of calls about the vehicles at Seapoint yesterday evening.

It said that the drivers were “conducting high speed manoeuvres inside the swim safety zone, in and around swimmers”.

“Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard arrived and witnessed the situation. It was clear that many terrified swimmers stayed out of the water due to the dangerous behaviour and those that went in deployed their tow floats to help identify their positions.”

Two units of the Coast Guard were called to the scene, but the jet ski drivers did not initially stop their manoeuvres despite flashing blue lights.

“The first Dún Laoghaire Coast Guard unit remained on scene with flashing blue lights hoping the jet skis would realise that something was wrong but to no avail. Our second unit followed the jet skis to the Coal Harbour and requested assistance from local gardaí to prevent this dangerous behaviour continuing.

“The three Jet Ski users (who had no licence or training) were confronted and advised of the local DLRCC bye laws, the harbour bye laws and the maritime offences being broken.

“The jet skiers agreed to adhere to safe procedures of operating this craft in water.”

The Coast Guard recommends that swimmers in congested areas use tow floats.

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