Patrols to crackdown on personal water craft users breaching rules

Cullercoats Bay.
Cullercoats Bay.

Extra patrols are to be in operation along the coast to look for anyone breaking rule regarding personal water craft use.

North Tyneside Council has said it is taking a tough approach to anyone breaking the rules to ensure the coast continues to be a safe place.

Following concerns raised by residents, the council is reinforcing the code of conduct for motorised leisure crafts, including jet skis, using the launch facility at Cullercoats Harbour.

Officials are warning people they need a permit to use the launch while increasing patrols of the harbour and erecting signs to help the public report any dangerous behaviour or damage they witness.

When applying for a permit, users agree to a set of strict regulations and byelaws.

Coun Carole Burdis, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “Like so many of our residents, we are immensely proud of our award-winning beaches, so it’s vital we ensure they remain a top and safe attraction.

“We take breaches of the launch regulations extremely seriously and those who act in an irresponsible way will lose their permit.

“We are committed to being a listening council and as we regenerate Cullercoats seafront, it’s important we work with residents to take on board and resolve any comments or concerns they have.

“To help to do so, we are establishing a Harbour Group, which brings together representatives of the wider community including fishermen, businesses and residents, to find a long term vision for this beautiful stretch of the coast.”

Anyone wishing to launch a motorised leisure craft must apply for a permit, available from launch operator Sandro Dimascio by calling 07815 687779 or email