Beached Cuban boat irritates residents

| 20/05/2016 | 31 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cuban vessel on beach at South Sound

(CNS): An abandoned Cuban boat that is currently beached at the water’s edge in South Sound, near to Miss Lassie’s House, is irritating residents. A group of Cuban migrants arrived in the vessel two weeks ago and it has been sitting there since. Despite complaints, the authorities explained that there are some challenges in moving the vessel.

Officials told CNS one of the reasons the group of Cubans crammed on board were forced to give up their journey from Cuba was because there is a hole in the side of the boat, which is hampering efforts to move it. The Public Works Department is responsible for the removal of vessels in such circumstances and the immigration department is pressing for the removal of the dilapidated boat.

CNS readers living in the area said that, as well as being an eyesore, they were worried that the boat was leaking gasoline. But an even greater concern is that the boat is near to a turtle nesting area, and with the start of the egg laying season, female turtles may be put off by the debris and diesel.

CNS also understands that there is another damaged Cuban boat at Beach Bay that is also presenting problems for the local salvage experts.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well after two and a half weeks of doing nothing surf has smashed the boat into a million pieces.

    Good job CIG. You really are a bunch of over paid useless twats!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dear Franz, How can there still be so many CIG departments that don’t know what they are supposed to be in charge of? Every day, another headline.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Oh stop whinging, Cayman has had many shipwrecks over the centuries, nature will take care of it. If that is all you have to moan about (eyesores) then count your blessings.

  4. Anonymous says:

    We should just send them some good boats so they dont have to stop ?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can i use it to fish the weekends Kirk Slam????? my boats in da shop!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    How about the DOE and the PWD banding together and addressing the derelict (Aqua – still afloat), the sunken and abandoned vessels that sit in the waters of Governors Harbour??

    Now those are eyesores..

    Maybe we should all have friends in government that look the other way..

  7. Anonymous says:

    Any word on the sinking vessels in Governors harbour? Who owns that big dinner cruise boat with all the graffiti and the windows broken?

  8. Not in my lively backyard says:

    Yes it does really need to be removed, mainly for safety reasons but I doubt that the “residents” want it removed for that reason. Maybe an aesthetic reason but not safety.

  9. Anonymous says:

    In accordance with Public Works and DEH practices, first a red sticker has to be placed on the windshield. Then you have to wait about a year to see if the owner makes contact.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t be too irritating to chop up if its wood, fiberglass is a different story. Beach bonfire anybody?

  11. Anonymous says:

    $1000.. Cash in hand and I’ll have it gone by sundown tomorrow. Why does government departments make things so complicated.

  12. SSM345 says:

    $2 worth of gas and a lighter would do the trick, beach bonfire tonight anyone?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t the Port Director responsible for wrecks?

  14. The Prodigy says:

    One well placed match should take of that in no time. Woof.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Try to get them towed out to sea and sink the vessels with target practice. That’s what the US COAST GUARD, US & HMS NAVY does.

    • Jotnar says:

      Sinking them with gunfire from what exactly? 9mm hand guns and HK submachine guns? Or the old 303 rifles the cadet corps have? Because that’s the extent of our “navy” armament.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, put the Cayman navy guns to good use on HMS Entitlement.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you CNS for drawing some much needed attention to this issue. Hopefully something is done about it now. The weather forecast for this weekend looks amazing, it would be an ideal time to get it moved while the sea is calm.

  17. Anonymous says:

    ‘local salvage experts’. would be funny if it wasn’t so sad

  18. Bill says:

    Why can’t the people who has been so willing to provide food and water to these illegal migrants and sent then off in their unsafe boats to their death do some good for a change and just move this boat. Clearly your help of these migrants is the reason we have been flooded with them.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think you should really look at the fact we are so close to Cuba as a reason they come here. You think they meant to land here? You probably would vote for Trump too.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I live a few houses down and it doesn’t bother me at all.
    However, with the waves being pretty heavy in South Sound for the past few days, you can smell the diesel. Plus 2 of the containers broke off and were beached. Someone has collected them already, but it will continue to break down/apart and be even more difficult to remove.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Buy a chainsaw and get to work. Not that difficult.

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