Telscombe Town Council: Fishermen, boat crew and recreational sea users are being urged not to interfere with the yellow buoys which are in use along the East Sussex coast during the summer months.
Last year, six buoys, chains, shackles and anchors were lost because fishermen were tying their boats to the buoys and moving their position.
Jet ski enthusiasts were also using them as slalom lanes for racing, and sailing clubs used them as anchor points for their boats.
The cost to repair last year’s damage was around £2,500 and already this year two buoys, chains, shackles and anchors have been punctured and tampered with, costing another £500 to rectify.
It’s important that anyone using the sea respects the equipment which is placed there. The buoys are not there for mooring up to, but are a vital safety aid in separating swimmers from fast-moving watercraft such as speedboats and jet skis.