France cracks down on speeding at sea after eight deaths in week
France has begun a crackdown on speeding off the Mediterranean coast following the deaths of eight people in accidents this weekSt Tropez - France has begun a crackdown on speeding off the Mediterranean coast following the deaths of eight people in accidents this week, the maritime police chief said.
Two jet skis have been allocated to water police to be used as part of the operation in the Var region -- the first of its kind.
"Wind kills, and so does speed," maritime police commissioner Yann Tainguy said at a news conference on board a launch off the resort of St Tropez, where the speed limit is five knots (nine kilometres per hour) within 300 metres of the beach.
Thirteen people were stopped for speeding in one two-hour period. The highest speed recorded was 38 knots (or almost 45 miles per hour).
"Amateur sailors must understand that in the Mediterranean the weather is changeable and speed is an extra risk factor," he said, adding that similar crackdowns will take place from Perpignan in the west to Menton in the east. The seas around Corsica will also be covered.
One person was killed and three are missing after a motor boat sank off St Tropez last weekend. Another person drowned near Marseille, two others died when a boat capsized at Agde and a 17-year-old drowned on Thursday night at Canet-en-Rousillon.
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