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Tourism Ministry to clampdown on jet ski operators

Published:Tuesday | October 15, 2013 | 5:47 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio



The Ministry of Tourism will be implementing several short term measures to manage the operations of jet ski operators in marine recreational areas.




Speaking in the Parliament this afternoon, Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeil said the measures are in response to an increase in accidents caused by operators of personal water craft.



He said the operation of jet skis has also raised environmental concerns.



McNeil informed that Cabinet has approved moves aimed at curbing incidents involving jet skis which have resulted in injuries and fatalities.



He said following meetings with stakeholders such as the Maritime Authority, The Coast Guard and business operators, the decision was taken to impose a six-month suspension on the importation of all.



Jet ski and personal water craft for commercial purposes.



McNeil said there will also be a clampdown on illegal commercial operators as well as the strengthening and enforcement of regulations guiding the safe use of jet skis.



He said facilities used by the Marine Police will also be upgraded and launching ramps for vessels repaired.



McNeil said Jet ski operators will not be allowed within a certain distance from the shore and will have a designated zone in which to operate.



Just last month, the Negril Resort Board called for the suspension of jet ski operators.



The call was made following an incident in which a tourist was seriously injured.



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