Bulgaria to tackle reckless jet-ski riders

Bulgaria’s Transport Ministry said on June 28 that it would launch unannounced checks on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast to ensure that all safety regulations concerning jet-skis and other recreational vessels are being upheld.

Anyone witnessing violations of safety regulations – such as reckless jet-ski riding or the absence of life-jackets on the seasonal tourist transportation boats – can report them by calling the European emergency hotline number 112, which will redirect the calls to the Maritime Administration Agency (MAA) or the ministry’s hotline, the ministry said in a statement.

Jet-ski incidents are no rarity at the Bulgarian seaside, with injuries reported increasingly often in the past years.

For the current summer season, the MAA has issued licences to 671 jet-skis and 131 tourist boats, the ministry said. All jet-skis are required to display a licence plate for identification purposes.

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