Paremata bridge jumpers risk their lives and others
Jumping into the water from the rail and road bridges at Paremata is always popular when the sun is blazing but comes with the seasonal call for swimmers and boaters to be cautious.
Porirua City councillor Anita Baker says improvements need to be made after being contacted by concerned boaties, who launch nearby. There have been a number of near misses, she says.
Ms Baker has no problem with people jumping from the bridges but would like better signage alerting boaties to the pastime. And jumpers need to be reminded about staying safe in the channel.
‘‘Most locals know that kids jump in and where to look for them, but you do have boaties from out of town launching at Mana that are not aware. [This is] primarily an issue for the harbourmaster, which is funded by the Greater Wellington Regional Council, but I have sought answers from PCC staff.’’
Harbourmaster Mike Pryce says jumping off Paremata Bridge is dangerous.
‘‘The jumpers can’t see boats coming under the bridge and could hit a boat on the way down. And when they’re in the water they could easily be run over and severely injured by a propeller.’’
Mr Pryce says there are warning signs for boaties about bridge jumpers and GWRC staff monitor the area often.
‘‘But at the end of the day, people really need to stop jumping off the bridge – they risk life-threatening injuries to themselves and others.’’
Ms Baker wants PCC to take a more proactive role over this issue.