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GPA reminds paddle board users of safety precautions

The Gibraltar Port Authority has instructed paddle board users that venturing away from the coastline can be “very risky”.

The GPA has noticed a significant increase in the use of paddle boards by the general public on local beaches and that some of these paddle boarders are venturing further away from the coastline every time.

“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,” the GPA said.

The Gibraltar Port Authority has advised members of the public using paddle boards that they 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,” the GPA said.

The Gibraltar Port Authority would also like to remind small pleasure craft users to be vigilant at sea regardless of whether they are using a power driven vessel or not.