Sand Bar re-opens but marine unit urges caution

| 11/03/2010

(CNS): Officers from the RCIPS Marine Unit said the Sand Bar has re-opened today, Friday 12 March. Even though winds were high across Grand Cayman conditions at the popular tourist spot had improved and police said it was safe to reopen the area. The unit however is urging all people on the water to use caution, Inspector Brad Ebanks, officer in charge of the Marine Unit said that during this type of inclement weather the unit faces increased demands as more boaters find themselves in distress. “RCIPS has been working with the Water Sports Operators for a number of years now in efforts to ensure safety for people who use the water and marine life alike,” he said.

“It’s a fact that during this time of the year we experience unsuitable conditions bringing high winds and rough seas that cause unstable “in water” activity as the Sand Bar is situated near one of the channels. These conditions mean that we do receive a higher number of calls about people being in distress – either because they have ventured too close to the surf or intentionally gone surfing and ended up in difficulty,” he added.

While the marine cop said he knew that rough seas might be entertaining for some sailors they can easily be misjudged.

“We would remind people to exercise caution in this type of weather and stay safe. Always check with the local weather forecast before venturing out to sea in boats or personal Watercrafts,” Ebanks warned.

“Parents should try to ensure that their children do not venture out during these times of inclement weather conditions. When my officers respond to calls in this type of weather they are also being put at risk – so please think carefully about what you’re doing when you go into the water and be extra cautious in this weather.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I was on one of the boats turned away – was not too choppy, bad call.

    • Anonymous says:

      you should have to pay a fine.  they could be intercepting drugs and guns getting to these gangstas and instead they are having to play traffic police on the water.

      • Anonymous says:

        Policing Kaibo and Sandbar is a lot more glamourous than doing actual police work.  It provides a much greater opportunity to showcase their equipment and uniforms to what they hope will be bikini-clad maidens in distress.  

        We all know these guys should be on 2-3 day patrols deep offshore to 100 mile and 60 mile banks, fully armoured, and ammo’ed up, ready to intercept, but when will those necessary patrols commence?

        • Anonymous says:

          "We all know these guys should be on 2-3 day patrols deep offshore to 100 mile and 60 mile banks, fully armoured, and ammo’ed up, ready to intercept, but when will those necessary patrols commence"

          Soon as people stop going out in bad weather and need to be rescued.  When that happens then they can get some serious police work done.

  2. Anonymous says:

    CNS you actually got a photo of the Police interceptor boats?? OK, must be a file photo from the manufacturer. The only place I’ve seen them is on the grass on the runway side of the GT Fire Station