(CMR) The RCIPS encourages the public to be mindful of the weather conditions when planning water sports activities, especially when warnings have been issued. This comes after the police and other emergency services were dispatched to two search and rescue incidents at sea on Sunday, 4 April.
The police said just before 3 pm, the Air Operations Unit responded to a report of a kayak occupied by two men that had drifted out at sea and capsized. The police helicopter located the men, who appeared to be struggling to regain control of the kayak due to the weather conditions.
The police made a call for assistance, and a civilian vessel attended the location. The men were brought to shore by the member of the public, where officers received them at the Frank Sound Dock. Neither of the men reported injuries.
The police responded to the second incident after 3:45 pm, when the Air Operations Unit received a report of a vessel with five occupants that was experiencing difficulties at sea, off North Church Street, and required assistance getting back to shore.
The police helicopter located the vessel, which was then assisted by the Cayman Islands Fire Service rescue team and the Cayman Islands Coast Guard. The vessel was towed ashore along with its occupants, and there were no reported injuries.
The RCIPS expressed appreciation to the members of the public and partnering agencies who assisted in these rescues.