Wild footage has captured the moment a jet ski rider went after a boat of teenagers fishing in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
In the clip, the man can be seen dangerously hooning around the small vessel while he deliberately splashes those onboard, at one point sending a giant wave of water over frightened passengers.
“It was pretty scary,” 13-year-old Zara Read told Nine News. “He could just lose control, you don’t know what could happen.”
Katelyn Oakley, who was also on the boat on Monday afternoon, said they tried distancing themselves from the jet ski rider.
“We moved away, to get away from him, and then he kept following us,” she told the news outlet. “He was just being an idiot really. My phone now as water damage.”
Incident follows string of dangerous behaviour
The video has since gone viral on Instagram with online users horrified at the incident.
“It’s harassment,” one person wrote. “Looks like pure danger.”
“Unbelievable behaviour, people like this make me wanna sell my jet ski,” another said.
“They were absolutely horrific on the weekend,” someone else commented. “Ignoring divers’ flags, driving close to rocky shores, throwing empty beer bottles in the water.”
The event came just two days after a man was seriously injured when two jet skis collided at Safety Beach. The man in his 20s was airlifted to Alfred Hospital after the crash while a woman suffered a foot injury.
While the day before that a pair of jet ski riders were filmed within close proximity of a pod of dolphins at Mornington Peninsula, despite rules in Victoria stating that they must be 300 metres away from wildlife.
Mayor says it's only a matter of time before someone dies
Mornington Peninsula Mayor Steve Holland said he’s had enough.
“We are deeply concerned about the safety risk posed by jet skis,” he told Yahoo News Australia in a statement. “We are aware of one death but also many near misses that do not get reported.”
He said while most riders are doing the right thing, a small number “openly flout the rules, putting lives at risk and threatening our marine life”.
“As a local council, we have exhausted our options for dealing with this and have called on the State Government to do something,” he said. “This includes expanding the swimming only zones along the Peninsula and for new jet ski exclusion zones.”
Mayor Holland said he also wants the required distance between a jet ski and swimmers to be increased to 25 metres and an expansion of the 5-knot speed limit to 500 metres from the shoreline.
“If nothing is done, it will only be a matter of time before another person dies and is seriously injured.”
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