Brighton RNLI warning after driverless jet ski rescue

A WARNING was issued after a rogue jet ski was seen darting across the water with no one riding on it.

The RNLI spotted a jet ski due south during a training exercise Wednesday night and managed to shut off its engine before searching for the missing rider.

The man fell out of the vehicle at 40 kilometers per hour and was quickly found by the crew in the water thanks to his life jacket.

He was conscious and taken to Brighton Marina lifeboat station.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Cohen MBE said the man had a “fortunate escape with some minor bruising”.

“That’s exactly what we’re training for and I’m proud that the team realized something was wrong with the jet ski and found the driver quickly,” he said.

However, the RNLI always recommends wearing a kill cord that shuts off the engine in the event the rider falls off.

The Argus: The driverless jet ski that returns to land. Photo: Brighton RNLIThe driverless jet ski returns to land. Photo: Brighton RNLI

It also advises people to carry a means of calling for help.

“This incident underscores the importance of having a fully functional kill rope onboard a watercraft and using it properly,” Mr. Cohen said.

“The RNLI recommends that prior to sailing vessels equipped with a lifeline, the skipper deliberately engages the lifeline to confirm that it is functioning properly.”

Other precautions include letting someone know where you are going before you set off, checking the weather forecast and tides, making sure your jet ski has enough fuel, checking that your equipment is working properly, and always wearing a life jacket.

It comes as the RNLI has also issued a statement on tombstoning – or jumping into the water from a great height.

While the RNLI does not endorse people’s gravestones, it says people who do can take steps to reduce the risk of injury, including checking for hazards in the water such as submerged rocks, checking access to ensure they can get out of the water and never enter the water under the influence of alcohol, drugs or peer pressure.

The charity is also urging everyone visiting the coast this summer to ensure they protect themselves and their families by swimming between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches. Brighton RNLI warning after driverless jet ski rescue

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