THE EDITOR, Sir:
First, I offer condolences to the family of little Tonoya who died so tragically and unnecessarily at the hands of a jet ski rider.
This was an accident waiting to happen.
I write to support W.I. Chang (Letter to the Editor, August 23) regarding the behaviour of these skiers around the hotels and beaches of our North Coast.
I recently returned from a short holiday at one of our hotels and was scandalised at what went on. The reckless manoeuvrings of the jet skis made swimming a hazardous undertaking.
The hotel had a rope behind which swimmers were supposed to operate, but the skis came so close to the rope and undertook such dangerous twists and turns that I was constantly on the lookout for one of them to get out of control. The macho showing off on a powerful machine put all in jeopardy.
When I complained to the hotel, I was told that they had no jurisdiction over the skiers outside of their barrier and they could only urge their guests to stay behind the rope.
I urge the relevant authorities to put a stop to this madness and to curb the young men who deem it acceptable to behave in this way. Will the death of this six-year-old child and the injury to her four-year-old sister wake us up to our neglect?
D. A. Cooper