RCIPS says stay off the water this weekend

| 08/09/2017 | 15 Comments
Cayman News Service

Hurricane Irma, satellite image Friday, 8 Sept

(CNS): The Cayman Islands may be avoiding the worst of Hurricane Irma but this is a massive storm, estimated to be twice as wide as the Florida peninsula. So while its eye will pass north of Cuba, the RCIPS says sea conditions around the islands are expected to deteriorate dramatically beginning tomorrow, and strenuously warns all residents against any water-related activities this weekend.

This includes boating, surfing, kite-surfing, snorkeling, diving or swimming. Rough seas and strong currents are expected, and any activity on the water carries great risk, police said.

“Rough weather and high waves have attracted people to the shoreline in the past, especially thrill seekers,” said Brad Ebanks, Acting Superintendent of Specialist Operations, “and sadly we have had incidents where people’s lives were put in danger. We ask you do not risk your life and the lives of those who may try to save you.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Currently sailing in it. Great fun.
    Waves coming over the bow but I mean its not much worse than usual.

  2. Jay says:

    Shoreline & handline +bucket of souljaz

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you captain obvious. I am recalling how after Ivan, public radio announcements were made for cops to show up for work, while the rest of us were cleaning up the airport to get it open. If there is any danger, the cops are nowhere to be seen.

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh really, if there’s any danger, the cops are nowhere to be seen, eh? What a bunch of bull, keyboard warrior. How about taking twenty guns from hoodlums so far this year, or preventing further deaths in January with that active shooter in West Bay, or the daily and nightly crap they take from increasingly dangerous types while you froth about what did or didn’t happen thirteen years ago. And yes, by the way, they are regularly saving idiots in the water too.

      But please don’t let anything said by the cops stop you from surfing this weekend… by all means, be my guest.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Best advice I’ve seen come out of Cayman related to Irma. Well timed & well said RCIPS. We don’t need to use our stretched resources to rescue any foolish boaters who don’t heed this warning over the weekend.


    • Anonymous says:

      Wind speeds are forecast to peak tomorrow at 13:00 at 21kts. Pretty normal boating and swimming conditions for these parts. Everyone needs to chill the hell out. Seriously.

      • Anonymous says:

        You underestimate Irma. Like Cayman we in the south Windward Islands were well out of the cone, and 200 miles south of Irma. We still had wave heights of up to 15 feet, roads closed due to flooding, roofs blown off, and red flags on all our beaches for 2 days as Irma passed. A junior professional surfer and Olympic hopeful lost his life because presumably, like you, he took a blasé attitude to Irma’s passing. Please be careful and heed the warnings.

      • Anonymous says:

        So…everyone in water then?

      • Anonymous says:

        No, its not. But you go down West Bay Beach and King Canute it and see how ‘normal’ the conditions are.

        Unusual? No. But not normal and anyone knowing less than you who thinks so needs to be warned off. So help get good advice out, don’t help people make bad decisions.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’ll be tight sets, with short periods, and even shorter rides, with recirculating coral in the beach break. For those that are at home in these conditions, ie. that can read the rip and get to the green room – they don’t need saving. Let them enjoy within THEIR limits not the NANNY-state’s.

    • Southsounder says:

      This is the sort of stupid, irresponsible comment that encourages moronic behaviour and puts the lives of our Marine Police Officers at risk
      You need to pull your head out of your backside and engage your brain, before writing foolishness like this
      Shame on you

    • Anonymous says:

      Rad, Moondoggie.

  6. One Stop Drivva says:

    Still safer than the roads!

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