By John Smith • 08 July 2020 • 17:15
Eastern Beach on Gibraltar’s Atlantic Coast
Credit: Gibraltar Government
THE Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) is worried about the safety of paddle boarders as not only have their numbers increased significantly but many are venturing further out into the sea than is considered safe.
According to the GPA, this can be a very risky thing to do, especially when you take into account that from a distance a person standing on a board may not be that visible, particularly to a vessel traveling at some speed.
To this end therefore, the Authority has issued an advice saying that users of this type of personal water craft should limit their use to within the area marked out by the beach marker buoys.
For those members of the public wishing to venture further out, the strong advice is that they should wear a high visibility floatation device so that they can be spotted at a distance and small pleasure craft users are asked to be vigilant at sea regardless of whether they are using a power driven vessel or not.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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