“The consequences can range from inconvenience to tragedy.”
Cork County Council’s Senior Harbour Master Julian Renault has warned of recent incidents of boats breaking safety and speed rules.
The warning comes amid what the council calls “an increase in mariners” over the last few weeks, owing no doubt to the summery weather.
“14 vessels were found in excess of the 5 knots speed limit in the inner harbour, 3 were asked to reduce speed in order to minimise their wash and one 16-footer speed boat was found with crew not wearing life jackets.
“The consequences of incidents like this can range from inconvenience and annoyance to other harbour users to tragedy. The Irish coast can be a dangerous place, especially when people decide to take unnecessary risks.”
Renault went on to say: “Remembering to adherence to guidelines in terms of speed limits, life jackets and operating vessels under the influence of drugs and alcohol is vital to the safety of all harbour and coast users and can be a matter of life and death.
Violating any of the provisions of the laws concerning port users and users of leisure crafts can result in a fine of €5,000, so for your own safety and that of others, as well as to avoid fines, make yourself familiar with the speed limits of harbours before setting out.”
While the public is encouraged to alert the nearest harbour masters to any issues, circumstances that pose an immediate threat should be reported to the Coast Guard.
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