‘Recreational use’ allowed again on Exe Estuary and Exeter canal

‘Recreational use’ of the Exe Estuary and Exeter Ship Canal is allowed again under new government advice, Port Authority bosses have announced.

Kayaks, wind-surfers, kiteboards, fishing from shore, paddleboards, dinghies, jet-skis, motorboats and sailing vessels had all been banned from the waterways as part of the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the restrictions on the activities have been lifted from today (Wednesday, May 13).

Social distancing rules still apply.

Harbourmaster Grahame Forshaw said: “Users are reminded that, by using the estuary, you are increasing the possibility of added strain to the RNLI.

“Please think about this before undertaking your exercise. Port users must follow social distancing guidance.”

Exeter Port Authority has urged people to ensure that ‘equipment is of a sufficient standard and is used with proper conduct’.

Any vessels visiting the Exe Estuary from further afield are asked to notify the authority before doing so.

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