Saturday 15 December, 2018

Public warned: Stay away from beaches

Members of the public are advised to refrain from all beach and sea coast activities until further notice due to the threat posed by Tropical Storm Bret.  

The Lifeguard Services Unit on Monday advised that special attention should be paid to information and warning bulletins issued on worsening sea conditions from the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service.

The public is advised that sea conditions are becoming rougher and more hazardous, with waves increasing in size and rip currents increasing in strength and size.

Surfers and bogey borders should be aware of the sea conditions especially around rocks, and surfing and swimming when there is lightning is also extremely dangerous.

The Lifeguard Services Unit advised that rough sea conditions usually have debris like logs that could injure unsuspecting bathers, as they are pushed to shore by the strong surf.

Visibility is compromised by heavy rainfall, affecting bathers as well as water craft operators.

Fishing on rocks and slippery areas should be avoided as an increase of wave activity is expected.

The public is advised that dislodged umbrellas on the beach, along with tents and chairs pose a danger to beach goers, as well as falling coconuts, branches and broken trees that may be caused due to the wind force.

The public is further advised that following weather conditions, coastlines and seas remain unpredictable for a period of time, and is once again cautioned about engaging in any beach and sea coast activities.  

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