A 67-year-old fisherman who got into difficulty Tuesday night because of strong currents was returned safely after being rescued by the Joint Marine Unit and police officers in Bodden Town.
Around 10.40pm Tuesday, a man was fishing in a 12-foot aluminium boat, approximately half a mile from Bodden Town dock.
Police said the fisherman realised that, because of the strong winds and currents, he was unable to paddle back to shore. He
immediately raised the alarm by calling 911 from his cell phone.
Officers from the Joint Marine Unit were deployed and mobile units from Bodden Town were actioned to maintain visual contact with the boat until the arrival of the RCIPS patrol craft Niven D.
A short time later Marine Unit staff located the boat some 3-4 miles from shore. The elderly man was brought aboard Niven D and his boat was towed to South Sound dock. The man was tired but did not require any medical attention.
“(Tuesday) was a busy day for the Joint Marine Unit,” said Inspector Bennard Ebanks. “These two incidents – the three divers reported missing at midday and then this elderly man in difficulty – clearly underline the need for everyone who goes out to
sea to take a radio and a cell phone with them. In both incidents yesterday the alarm was raised immediately and, as a result, we were able to bring everyone safely home.”
The RCIPS urged boaters that they should adhere to small craft warnings and that the Sand bar was closed Wednesday because of weather conditions. .