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Police are searching a bunch of “moron” jet skiers who mowed down and almost killed a paddleboarder after rushing in the direction of him at 50mph.

Ben Gray was paddling in a low-speed space off Bournemouth seaside when six jet skiers approached him from behind and one intentionally crossed the marker buoys and carried out a tough flip simply seven toes away.

The manoeuvre prompted an arc of water to “blast” the 44-year-old off his Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), and as he swam again in the direction of his board Mr Gray mentioned he was nearly struck and killed by a second jet ski that got here inside three toes of him.

Shockingly witnesses on the seaside mentioned they heard the jet skier group cheer at Mr Gray falling off his board earlier than they zoomed off.

Mr Gray, who mentioned he feared for his life, managed to climb on his SUP and carried on paddling in the direction of his vacation spot of Avon Beach, Christchurch.

Mr Gray mentioned he encountered the jet skiers minutes later as certainly one of their craft had damaged down and he gave them a chunk of his thoughts. The matter has since been reported to Dorset Police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who’re investigating.

Last 12 months new laws geared toward cracking down on reckless jet skiers got here into power and they’re now subjected to the identical rules as ships.

Offenders caught dangerously using a jet ski could now be prosecuted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and face a most sentence of two years in jail and an infinite high quality.

Mr Gray, a self-employed builder, has taken to social media to enchantment for witnesses who noticed the group who he mentioned intentionally focused him.

He mentioned: “I heard them coming. I looked over my shoulder and they were just outside the marker buoys, there was probably about 40ft or 50ft between us.

“They acquired louder and louder and I used to be prepared for his or her wake which I’m used to coping with.

“When I turned my head again they were driving towards me. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw one start banking away. He turned on a sixpence and hard locked to the right.

“He was about two metres from me and I noticed the underside of his hull. The arc of water simply blew me off my board. Then I heard the identical noise once more and one other man had come into the zone and did the identical transfer.

“He was within one metre of me, I could have touched the jet ski. For a nano-second I was resigned to my fate and that this was probably it.

“I believe jet skis appeal to a sure sort of particular person and there’s a disproportionate variety of them who’re morons who don’t have any talent or information of the water or courtesy of different water customers.”

Witness Paul West posted on social media: “We had been on Southbourne seaside whenever you handed by. We then observed the group of about six jet skis heading in the identical course, loud and noisy.

“Then one of them sped up behind you, taking you out. From where we were standing it looked as if he was less than a metre from you and absolutely flying. We could hear the cheers from the others as you went down.”

A spokesperson for Dorset Police mentioned: “At 1.23pm on June 2, Dorset Police received a report of jet skiers riding in an anti-social manner in the area of Hengistbury Head in Mudeford. Enquiries have been carried out and no arrests have been made.”