The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service helicopter made a daring landing on Sand Cay twice Tuesday afternoon to rescue two stranded surfers.
According to police, the male and female went out in rough conditions and were reported in distress off South Sound cemetery around 5.30pm.
Both surfers managed to make it to the cay in rough seas. However, police said they would have been stranded there in dangerous weather with the dark fast approaching – if not for the efforts of the police helicopter crew.
“The decision was made by the police helicopter crew to carry out a rescue before weather conditions…deteriorated further to become life-threatening,” said RCIPS Chief Inspector Frank Owens.
The chopper proceded to land on the cay and transport the stranded surfers, one at a time, to the nearest safe landing spot – the South Sound rugby club.
Neither surfer required medical attention.
“Police are warning anyone not to go out to sea until conditions improve,” Mr. Owens said. “Those who do so…not only put their own lives at risk but also those of their rescuers.”