Noisey, Smelly Jets Skis To Be Allowed In Paradise
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
August 23, 2010 (CUOPM)
St. Kitts and Nevis is lifting a 15-year ban on the importation of jet skis into the twin-island Federation.
The ban on the a small water sport craft mimicking a motor-bike used at certain beaches in St. Kitts and Nevis was imposed after an accident at sea involving a Jet Ski, left a victim with significant injury to the head caused by the propeller of the Jet Ski.
“Over the last 15 years, the propulsion technology for jet skis has changed thereby eliminating the propeller blades in favour of jet propulsion, which is a much safer technology,” said Minister of Information, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty in a Post Cabinet Briefing.
Sen. Carty said new guidelines on how and where jet skis are to be used have been created and approved by the Cabinet so as to ensure that the use of the sport craft remains safe for those who use them and for those who use the beaches where they are authorised to be used.
He said that the lifting of the ban is likely to create new opportunities for water sport operators who claim that the demand for services in those areas has been growing over the years.
“This then can only add to the development of the tourism product resulting in increased intake for the local tourism industry,” Minister Carty said.