Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Safety At Sea

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By Senator Kaygianna Toussaint Charlery – Operations Manager Goodwill Fishermen’s Cooperative

On Thursday, October 21, 2021, we got the news that a Saint Lucian vessel, ‘Let God Arise’, which left the Island en route to neighboring Saint Vincent, did not return to our shores at the expected time.

The two-person crew, Garvin Emmanuel and Robert ‘Billy Cream’ Joseph, were last in contact with the vessel owner shortly after leaving Saint Vincent that afternoon. The two missing men have not been located despite search and rescue efforts from Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Barbados, and Martinique.

Imagine the horror then, when in the morning of Thursday, October 28, 2021, word of another vessel, this time Aqua Man with two crew members, Arthur ‘Six’ Collymore and Peter’ Mawiyan’ Samuel, did not return since setting out on Wednesday morning.

(L to R) Peter Samuel & Arthur Collymore
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Whilst discussing them on Thursday night word came that others, Thomas Zadar Evans and Steve Clarke had gone missing. But a sigh of relief was breathed on Friday morning when we got word that Evans and Clarke, as well as Arthur ‘Six’ Collymore and Peter’ Mawiyan’ Samuel, had returned safely.

The plea goes  out to fishers, boat owners, crew members – do what is necessary to safeguard life and property. Please pay attention to the weather reports and obey them. When warnings are given to small craft operators, take heed and have your safety and navigational equipment – GPS, VHF radio, life jackets on your person, flares, compass, etc, and importantly, know how to use them. Learn survival at sea skills and techniques, including the use of flotation devices, distress signals and signal flags, and travel with adequate food and drinking water.

(L to R) Steve Clarke & Thomas Evans

Taking precautions may not prevent mishaps, but they can surely help protect you. Too often, the grief and distress left behind with family members and loved ones are way too much to bear.

It is also time we reopen the dialogue on insurance and other matters. In addition, fishers need to take training sessions organised by the department of fisheries and other agencies seriously. We love and appreciate what you do, and we want to ensure that you are safe.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of St Lucia Times.

 

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