- 27 July 2009 | Surfing
Surfers, bodyboarders, windsurfers and kitesurfers of the United Kingdom may be jailed and fined up to £50,000 if they cause accidents at sea.
The proposal is being discussed by the Department for Transport (DfT) under the Merchant Shipping Act and it was unveiled after a jet skier avoided prison in a severe accident that caused head injuries in a man.
The jet skier was jailed for six months, but the sentence changed as it was ruled that a jet ski is not technically a ship.
Moreover, surfers, bodyboarders, windsurfers and kitesurfers could have problems in the future, in case of being caught under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Preventing collisions at sea, in the UK, is the main drive of this proposal that treats all watercraft as a single unit.
Surf schools, lifeguards and thousands of amateur athletes would be affected by the new surfing law.
If this proposal goes ahead, a surfboard or bodyboard will be treated as cruise liner.