A field was fiercely ablaze just short of Leeds castle in Kent this evening, with no sign of anyone in attendance we gave the police a call from the air and hopefully they'll tackle it before it runs out of control.
Back home and there's an email from one of our local readers I have every sympathy with. It concerns one of my favourite topics, Jetskis.
"Do you know anything about the bye-laws concerning speed boats/jet skis?
I was under the impression that they could only be launched from Westbrook Bay. This afternoon there were four in St Mildred's Bay - two of which were launched from under the bridge at the end of Old Boundary Road. Although they were just outside the yellow bouys it really was only just and of course there were swimmers way out. They obviously drive at great speed and if one lost control there would be a major accident. One was towing two rubber dinghies with children in.
I was not the only person concerned - a mother was also querying this with the Lifeguard (a young lad who was not much help)."
Ironically, I was with a retired police officer today, who was one of the first on the scene of the last speedboat fatality, in St Mildred's Bay, when a teenager was hit by a boat that ran in among the bathers. He agrees with me and I suspect many others, that jetskis are now becoming a menace to bathers around our beaches and it's only a matter of time before someone is badly injured or worse by the same kind of reckless behaviour that we see on our roads being transferred to our inshore waters.
What, if anything, does our local council plan to do about this and in particular, prevent Jetskis launching from St Mildreds? Do something please before it's too late. It's no longer safe to swim outside the buoys.