Cayman Brac now has a full-time marine patrol unit with the assignment this month of the Typhoon patrol craft to the island by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
The RCIPS had been assigning marine patrols there on a rotating, temporary basis. However, the Joint Marine Unit operations will station a group of police, customs and immigration officers on Cayman Brac, along with the Typhoon patrol craft and officers with the Department of Environment.
“We are aware that with limited maritime patrols the likelihood of drugs, guns and illegal persons being introduced into our community increases,” said RCIPS Inspector Ian Yearwood. “[The Joint Marine Unit Cayman Brac] detachment is an important part of our response to mitigate these risks and threats.”
Mr. Yearwood said the Typhoon can be launched from multiple locations on the Brac and can operate within the confines of the reef, on open water at extended ranges, and in adverse weather conditions.
“The presence of the Joint Marine Unit will greatly enhance the border protection and search and rescue capabilities in the Sister Islands,” said Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, who also pointed out that the marine unit craft can provide assistance in the unfortunate event of marine or diving accidents.
“[It] makes a significant difference when timing is a factor,” he said.