Beach users separated to avoid accidents

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

SAFETY FIRST: Councillors John Morello and Sally Dover at Fly Point. Picture: Stephen WarkA RECENT jet-ski accident at Nelson Bay has prompted Port Stephens Council to segregate zones for swimmers, boat owners and jet-skiers.

On January 9, a 14-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital with a suspected spinal injury while riding on the back of a jet-ski at Fly Point, which had been impacted by the wash of a moving vessel.

The boy, who had complained of pins and needles after landing heavily while seated on the back of the jet-ski, was later cleared of any serious injury.

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, councillors Sally Dover and John Morello supported a move to have Fly Point beach segregated to avoid similar incidents.

Cr Morello, a keen jet-ski and boat owner, said he had a genuine concern for safety.

“We propose to work with the Roads and Maritime Service to segregate areas for boats, jet-skis and swimmers as we currently have at Little Beach,” Cr Morello said.

“We are also proposing the areas be clearly and appropriately signposted so that we can provide a safe environment for all to enjoy our beautiful port.”

Cr Dover hoped the new regulations would be in place in time for the next summer season.

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