(CNS): As the Cayman Islands moves into the peak season, the marine police are warning boat captains that they will be enforcing passenger limits. The RCIPS Joint Marine Unit (JMU) said tour boat operators are obligated to keep weight and passenger limits within those specified on their operators’ licences. Overloading a boat with passengers during the busy tourist season, which has been noted in the past, endangers public safety on the water.
“These limits exist for a very good reason,” said Chief Inspector Brad Ebanks, Head of Specialist Units, adding that the choppier water at this time of year already can make boats less stable. “Failing to adhere to passenger limits on top of this presents a clear danger to passengers and crew. Boat operators risk penalties if they do not comply with these regulations.”
Those who wish to report overloaded vessels can contact the Joint Marine Unit during regular business hours at 649-7710 or George Town Police Station anytime at 949-4222.