Prosecuted for speeding on the river Tyne19 Oct 2010
In a prosecution brought by Port of Tyne under port byelaws, the four men admitted the offence.
The men, all from the local area, were cautioned by Northumbria Police on April 25 and stopped again on 22 May for exceeding the speed limit of 6 knots.
The Marine Police Unit observed the men speeding from the Tyne Bridge travelling eastwards towards the lower harbour at speeds of approximately 36 knots, equivalent to 41 mph.
Port of Tyne, which has principal responsibility for safety of navigation over the 22 mile tidal stretch of the river Tyne and three miles out to sea, decided to prosecute the men for repeated disregard of the speed limit.
Harbour Master Mike Nicolson said: "The speed limit is set to ensure the safety of all river users. All commercial and recreational craft must observe the speed limit and navigate the river with care.
"Travelling at excessive speed can mean that craft are not aware of their surroundings or able to react and take appropriate action to avoid collisions. On this occasion the jet skiers' actions posed a danger to themselves and other river users".
The four men were each fined £50 plus costs of £115.
Mike Nicolson added: "Vessels and craft navigating on the river Tyne must comply with the byelaws and International Collision Regulations. Anyone using the river for leisure should familiarise themselves with these guidelines. Vessels wishing to exceed 6 knots must use the fast craft zones located in the area immediately upriver of Newburn slipway, and between Derwenthaugh Marina and the Redheugh Bridge. Whilst the speed limit is relaxed in these areas, all other byelaws remain, and anyone using these areas should do so responsibly and with respect to other river users."
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