A boating enthusiast has failed in a legal bid to muddy the waters in a case involving a Lake District speed limit.

Kevan Furber had argued that a bylaw introduced to slow down boats on Windermere was unclear – it was vague as to whether it was measured in miles per hour or nautical miles per hour.

But a judge has ruled that the law is perfectly clear and Mr Furber will now face prosecution for exceeding the limit, while towing a 74-year-old blind water skier.

Mr Furber, of Keep Windermere Alive Association, is alleged to have towed Gerald Price at more than the 10mph limit. A district judge sitting at Kendal Magistrates Court threw out his application to have his prosecution struck out because of uncertainty with the wording of the bylaw, introduced in March 2005.

The law was introduced to provide a tranquil atmosphere on England’s largest lake. Former Labour sports minister Kate Hoey and Tory ex-Environment Secretary John Gummer were among those who opposed the measures.

A date has yet to be set for Mr Furber’s hearing.

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