Today’s Editorial for January 12: Take caution when venturing out

When the weather service issues a small craft advisory, it is usually best to heed that advice.

The sea around Cayman has been dangerous the past few days and, according to the forecasts looking ahead – we will continue to have high winds and high seas.

We implore everyone with boats moored or on trailers to keep them there.

There is a small craft advisory today and while that’s not a warning, it is still good advice to stay on land or at least in safe harbour.

This is not a good week to go fishing or cruising. But anytime you have the desire to get out on the water, please ensure that you check the weather forecast at www.gov.ky and click on Today’s Weather in the top right corner. There you can find out if small craft advisories or warnings have been posted. You can also look up the weather at www.caycompass.com to get marine forecasts and tide information.

By now, we all know that five people left a dock in North Sound Sunday morning for a boat ride. As of this writing, they have not been found.

It is our sincere wish and prayer that all five are found safe and out of harm’s way.

Everyone who goes out on the sea – even in good weather – should remember the power of the water and apply Murphy’s Law – if anything can go wrong it will – to all situations on the water.

Just over the New Year weekend the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s Marine Unit had to rescue three boats at sea; one ran out of fuel, one was sinking and one had capsized. We’re willing to bet the people on all three of those boats didn’t anticipate any trouble on the water.

Those who do venture out onto the water must ensure that their vessels are properly equipped with life vests, flares, vhf radios and that those operating the boats know how to use equipment like GPS devices and radios.

We are blessed to live in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, but we must treat her with respect and always use caution.

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