Sand bar closes,marine copsurge caution on water

| 04/01/2010

(CNS): As cooler blustery weather moves across the Cayman Islands this week officers from the RCIPS Marine Unit have closed the Sand Bar. The RCIPS warned those using the water to exercise caution during the continuing inclement weather. The two cruise ships visiting Cayman this morning (Monday 4 January) were also diverted to Spotts. The forecast for Monday called for rough seas with wave heights of 4 to 6 feet, especially along the north coast and a small craft advisory is in effect as swells are expected along the northeast to west coasts.

Inspector Brad Ebanks, officer in charge of the Marine Unit said the RCIPS was working with the Water Sports Operators to ensure safety for people who use the water and marine life alike. “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,” he said.

“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. Rough seas are entertaining for some but can be easily 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. Parents should also try to ensure that their children do not venture out during these times of inclement weather conditions.”

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