Police rescue boaters in busy Sunday on North Sound

Marine police rescued boaters and WaveRunner riders in three separate incidents within the space of two hours on Sunday.

In the first incident, around 4 p.m., a woman and teenager on a WaveRunner were spotted by police drifting near Booby Cay, close to Rum Point. The WaveRunner had been disabled due to battery problems and had to be towed to safety by Joint Marine Unit officers on the Niven D police boat.

The officers were called to another report of a WaveRunner in distress around 5:20 p.m. the same day. In this case, the vessel had run out of fuel and was drifting in the North Sound. The rider had managed to call a relative who alerted police and was towed in to Duck Pond.

Next, police were alerted to a 23-foot boat, with seven people on board, that had stalled and had anchored in the North Sound, off Pappagallos. According to police, it was growing dark at this time, around 6 p.m., and the boat did not have flares on board.

It was located by officers around 6:30 p.m. The boat was towed to Morgan’s Harbour and secured onshore.

Police have warned that such incidents are increasing and reminded boat and watercraft owners to ensure their vessels were properly equipped.

“Responding to successive vessel-in-distress calls as we did last Sunday is becoming more common for the JMU, especially on weekends,” said Acting Superintendent of Specialist Operations Brad Ebanks. “Boat captains should ensure that they have flares on board and file float plans, at a minimum, and WaveRunner riders should always be equipped with communication devices should the vessel become disabled.”