Dock swimmers at risk

PUBLISHED: 18:41 02 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 May 2010

TEENAGERS are risking their lives by diving into Portishead's marina during the hot weather. Dozens of youngsters are using the marina as a personal pool during the sunny weather, jumping in off the quay sides and using the pontoons as diving boards. This

TEENAGERS are risking their lives by diving into Portishead's marina during the hot weather.Dozens of youngsters are using the marina as a personal pool during the sunny weather, jumping in off the quay sides and using the pontoons as diving boards.This week the marina has seen an influx of hundreds of jellyfish in the water and the swimmers have been seen plucking the sea creatures out of the water and throwing them at one another.Marina staff have asked the teenagers to move on, but they refuse to go.Marina manager Keith Berry said: "We have seen the youngsters throwing the jellyfish at one another."In the afternoons there are usually around 20 teenagers in the water and when we ask them to move on, they just shout abuse."They have also been abusive to boat owners."Mr Berry said the swimmers, who are actually trespassing as the docks is private property, were risking their safety by using the marina for a dip.He added: "In this weather there is a real reflection on the water and the boat owners would not be able to see the swimmers in the water."It is not as if a boat can stop suddenly and it is very dangerous for these young people."Each time we have reports of young people in the water we ask them to move on, but they just become abusive."We do not want to spoil their fun, but the marina is not a suitable place for them to swim."It is not as if they have no other facilities as there is a pool next door and the open air swimming facility in the town."Mr Berry said the situation had become worse as a result of the recent hot weather.

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