Editorial for 28 December: Use caution when swimming

 

If you are a visitor to our shores celebrating the holidays
with us, we welcome you.

Christmastime in the Cayman Islands is magical. The cool
Christmas breezes are a welcome respite to summer’s heat and the temperature of
our sea is quite compatible for those coming from northern climes.

But those who do venture into our waters to splash around in
the sea need to be aware that there is a danger associated with the waters that
surround our Islands.

As recently as Monday a swimmer trying to navigate the
waters off Pedro Castle got into trouble and was found dead on Tuesday.

There have been other instances of swimmers, snorklers and
divers becoming distressed in our waters that weren’t reported because the
outcomes were favourable; the people lived.

Most Caymanians are respecters of the waters that surround
us and know not to venture too far out – and especially alone – when taking a
healthy swim or going out to dive for lobster and conch.

If you do decide to have fun in our fantastic Caribbean Sea,
please let someone know where you are going and by all means take someone with
you.

Be aware of the winds and the currents because sometimes the
combination can turn deadly. Following are some tips gleaned from a little
surfing on the Internet. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability, especially
when the water is cold. Swimming ability is severely decreased in cold water.
If you are confronted by a large wave and there is not enough time to get away
from it, try to dive underneath the wave. Keep your body as low as possible
until the wave passes over you. Timing is important, dive into the base of the
wave just before it breaks. If caught in rip currents, relax and swim toward
the shore at a 45-degree angle until you are free of the current. And above
all, please don’t take on the sea of you have been drinking alcohol, which
impairs judgement. We want our visitors to have an excellent experience while
in our Islands and take home the right kind of memories; not those of an
unfortunate event in our waters.

 

 

 

1 COMMENT

  1. A young local boy has, unfortunately, died!

    This editorial sounds like an advertisement and water sports guide.

    Article quote: If you are a visitor to our shores celebrating the holidays with us, we welcome you. Christmastime in the Cayman Islands is magical.
    But those who do venture into our waters to splash around in the sea need to be aware that there is a danger associated with the waters that surround our Islands.
    As recently as Monday a swimmer trying to navigate the waters off Pedro Castle got into trouble and is still missing.

    Editor(s), show some respect for the boy and his family, remove this commentary. There is no magic surrounding his death or the grief of his parents!