Lifeguards: Stay way from beaches until further notice

Lifeguards are advising citizens to stay away from the nation's beaches until further notice.

The advice comes in light of Tropical Storm Bret.

The following is a statement by the Ministry of National Security’s Lifeguard Services Unit.

"With the deterioration of sea conditions due to the impending Tropical Storm, the Ministry of National Security’s Lifeguard Services Unit, wishes to urge the general public to refrain from all beach and sea coast activities until further notice. 

The public is asked to pay special attention to the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service information and warning bulletins on adverse sea conditions and to also take note of the following:

·         Sea conditions are getting rougher, more hazardous and waves are increasing in size;

·         Rip currents are also increasing in strength and size;

·         Surfers and bogey borders should be aware of the sea conditions, especially around rocks;

·         Surfing or swimming when there is lightning is also extremely dangerous;

·         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;

·         On the beach, dislodged umbrellas, 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; and

·         After weather conditions at the coastlines and seas remain unpredictable for a period of time.

The public is once again cautioned about engaging in any beach and sea coast activities."