(CMR) The Cayman Islands Coast Guard (CICG) is advising members of the public to heed storm warnings, avoid the water and coastal waterways and start making preparations as Hurricane and Tropical storms may be life-threatening.
“Storms produce incredible winds and waves. We are urging the community to remain off the water throughout the weekend. During the height of a storm, our capacity to conduct rescues may be limited or non-existent, but our staff is prepared to respond to crises as soon as the storm has passed,” Commander of the Cayman Islands Coast Guard, Cdr Robert Scotland, advised.
BOAT SAFETY REMINDERS:
Boat owners are encouraged to be proactive and are encouraged to adhere to the following steps:
Boat owners are recommended to shift their vessels inland and secure them where they will be less susceptible to becoming unmoored or sustaining damage.
In case of high winds, mooring lines should be doubled. Transportable boats should be removed from the water and stored in a location that is not prone to flooding.
The CICG advises boat owners who cannot relocate their boats to leave their boats in the water, remove EPIRBs, and secure life rings, life jackets, and small boats. If these items are not adequately secured, they may escape, necessitating the diversion of valuable search and rescue efforts and putting first responders in harm's way to ensure that no one is in danger.