Properly train boat crews

Last week two tourists visiting Grand Cayman died after running into difficulties in our waters.

While this is very sad, what is sadder is the passing of the buck that followed it.

According to Cayman 27, the police were not the first on the scene when a snorkel tour operator called for assistance; instead members of DoE were the first to respond.

Kudos to DoE, which is always on the ball and is quick to respond to any mayday calls.

Unfortunately, despite resuscitation efforts by DoE personnel, the gentleman died.

Cayman 27 interviewed a gentleman and it is his comment, which more needs to be done to prevent this type of tragedy, which has pressed me to write this letter.

I completely agree that more needs to be done; however this gentleman suggested placing a rescue boat in the North Sound just in case something like this happen s in the future!

How about teaching your boat handling staff basic life saving methods?

After all I learned these when I was 10 years old, it really isn’t that difficult…it would cost less money, save time and more importantly… save lives!

It would make me extremely nervous to board a boat, if I thought that the personnel on board were not equipped with the knowledge to save my life should I encounter difficulties so far from shore, and so far from an ambulance.

Every water tour operator should see it fit to have their staff trained in life saving methods.

Call the Red Cross; I’m sure they would be happy to assist with any training needs.

There have been far too many incidents involving tour operators over the past few years, and perhaps there should be a general brush up on all safety measures by all boat operators in Cayman, ensuring that at the very least oxygen is carried on board and that there is someone on board at all times, who is knowledgeable of life saving skills.

Perhaps then we can prevent some deaths in our waters, and save our reputation as a safe watersports destination.

Caroline Neale

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