Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Jet-skiers advised to carry mini flares


After a dramatic clifftop rescue on the Sussex Coast, jet-skiers have been advised to carry mini flares to summon help.

The call from the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) comes after a jet-skier suffered a suspected broken leg at Seaford after hitting a submerged obstacle.

Although his leg was badly injured he managed to scramble onto a small cliff ledge about 10ft. up to escape the incoming tide and the choppy seas and rocks below. He was later lifted to safety up the 180-foot cliff by a rescuer.

Newhaven Coastguard Birling Gap Coastguard & Eastbourne Coastguard along with Newhaven Lifeboat were called to Splash Point after being summoned by a fellow jet-skier. It became quickly clear that the lifeboat crew could not reach the precarious position, so a cliff technician was lowered down and delivered the casualty to the waiting Paramedics at the cliff top.

A spokesperson for the UK Coastguard says, “We commend the fact that the jet skier was wearing a lifejacket and an appropriate wetsuit which is exactly what we would recommend to anyone taking to the water on one of these watercrafts. His companion who phoned 999 and asked for the Coastguard also did exactly the right thing which ensured our quick response to the scene. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

The MCA says, “We always advise that if you’re going to take a jet-ski or personal watercraft onto the water then you should make sure you know how to operate these powerful machines by getting trained. You don’t want to find yourself in the water after being thrown off. This is also why we always recommend that you wear a buoyancy aid or impact vest and ensure you attach your kill cord to your personal buoyancy aid, so that if you end up in the water, the engine will stop.

“Take a hand-held VHF radio with you and attach it to yourself, so you can contact the Coastguard if you get into difficulty. A Personal Locator Beacon may be useful for more remote locations, along with mini flares and a fully charged mobile phone in a plastic bag.

“Although it’s not compulsory, we also recommend that people undertake the Royal Yachting Association's personal watercraft course which will give them the skills to use their jet skis and personal watercraft safely and with confidence. Joining a professional and reputable personal watercraft club is also a great way to take to the water safely.

“The majority of jet ski users are responsible, but in the past we have received complaints that jet skis have gone too fast and too close to shore. This is a concern to us as it’s putting swimmers and other beach-goers in danger.

“So, if any bylaws are in place, stick to them and be respectful of others in the water. If you see anyone putting others at risk or in difficulty at the coast, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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Jul 12, 2017