Emergency personnel from the Gros Islet fire station rushed a young woman to a medical facility after a jet ski incident at the Rodney Bay beach on Good Friday.
The woman was in critical condition.
The Gros Islet fire station received an emergency call at about 4:28 pm.
The President of the Saint Lucia Lifesaving Association Ezra Small confirmed receiving a report regarding the jet ski incident.
“What was reported to me was that a young woman was bathing at the Rodney Bay beach and she got hit by a jet ski and was taken to the hospital in a very bad condition,” Small told St Lucia Times.
On beach safety, he noted that as the economy bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic and travel increases, beaches, especially in the North of Saint Lucia, have become overcrowded.
And he said although hotels demarcate swimming areas for guests, people use the entire beach.
“There are no boundaries on the beach for people who are not in one of the hotels, so they are actually swimming in an open area,” the Saint Lucia Lifesaving Association President observed.
At the same time, Small explained that people rent jet skis and use small vessels among tourists and locals at the beach to earn a livelihood.
He said this was a cause for concern.
“We have been talking among ourselves as lifeguards and saying that this needs to be looked at,” Small disclosed.
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