April 24, 2019

Surfers rescued

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On Tuesday night, 911 received a call of two surfers off South Sound cemetery in distress due to rough seas. Marine Unit was informed and the police helicopter which was airborne at the time, responded to the location and rapidly identified one male and one female in distress. Despite the rough seas both individuals eventually made it to the Cay.

The rough seas and shallow water surrounding the Cay, coupled with the rapidly approaching darkness would have made a sea rescue highly improbable.

The decision was made by the police helicopter crew to carry out a rescue before weather conditions already bad, deteriorated further to become life threatening which involved landing on the Cay and transporting the two individuals one at a time to the nearest available landing site which was the South Sound rugby club.

The police marine unit and uniformed officers secured the rugby field for a safe landing and assessment of the rescued persons. Neither person received any injuries.

The rescue was conducted swiftly without incident. Police are warning anyone not to go out to sea until conditions improve.

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