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Jet ski hoons in Victoria put on notice by water police



Dangerous jet ski riders have been put on notice amid a police blitz on Victoria's waterways.

Over the weekend, officers targeted riders on Lake Eppalock, a popular hotspot outside of Melbourne.

A 24-year-old Melton man was among those charged, after being caught without a licence while operating a jet ski on the waterway.

READ MORE: Teen jet ski rider facing charges after alleged hooning on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula

Water Police Acting Sergeant Kristie Clappison said police are concerned about the dangerous behaviour of some individuals.

"People think jet skis are toys," she told 9News.

"People don't realise how powerful and heavy jetskis are and what sort of damage they can do.

"(People) flick others with water, ride too close and sometimes those jet skis become uncontrollable."

READ MORE: Authorities cracking down on jet skiers 'harassing dolphins' in Victoria

Just days ago, a jet ski rider who allegedly rode dangerously close to a boat at a Melbourne beach was charged by police.

The incident at Mornington Peninsula, which was captured on video by a passenger, allegedly involved the teenager deliberately spraying the occupants of the boat with water before speeding off.

Acting Sergeant Clappison said any illegal behaviour would not be tolerated.

Police will continue to patrol holiday hotspots, beaches and waterways across Victoria.

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