Girls alone on jet skis make boys act crazy, police chief warns
Young women have been warned not to hop on a jet ski alone and go for a ride off Dubai's coast as they will distract men and could cause accidents.
The head of the Ports Police Station, Lieutenant Colonel Abdullah Mohammed Al Mazyoud, said: “We have noticed that when men use jet skis and they see a woman riding on a jet ski they become excited.
“They ride up near to a female and can cause panic and confusion so she can’t control the machine. This can cause problems.
“I advise parents to monitor their daughters when they use jet skis. It is always better if there is someone else riding with a female jet skier.”
Al Mazyoud issued his plea as he revealed a 24-year-old Arab woman was injured in a jet ski accident in the water off Al Mamzar Beach earlier this month.
He said she lost control of the powerful machine due to speeding, hit her nose and fell into the water.
Al Mazyoud added: “We have noticed recently that many girls are riding the jet skis.”
Female jet skier Fatima Al Baik agreed with Mazyoud’s assessment, but said: “It is common for men to try and intimidate female jet skiers. Sometimes they use words to portray jet skiing as a man’s sport. However, my solution is just to ignore them because they mean nothing to me.
“Usually girls need someone close to them if it is their first time, but once they get used to it, they are OK with whatever comes their way.”
Statistics from Port Police Station said there have been two jet ski accidents this year.
“There was the accident involving the woman and another in April when a 19-year-old Emirati man was playing with his friend in a dangerous way and lost control,” Al Mazyoud said.
In May 2011 a teenager died as he messed about with friends on jet skis in Dubai. He fell into the water and was hit in the head by a jet ski.
“People should wear life jackets. Those under 16 are not allowed to ride jet skis alone and jet skis must be registered,” Al Mazyoud said.
Police have confiscated 18 jet skis so far this year.