Police Helicopter Assists with Search and Rescues at Sea
On Sunday, 4 April, the RCIPS and other emergency services were dispatched to two search and rescue incidents at sea.
Just before 3:00PM, the Air Operations Unit responded to a report of a kayak, occupied by two men, that had drifted out at sea and capsized. The police helicopter located the men, who appeared to be struggling to regain to control of the kayak due to the weather conditions. A call for assistance was made and a civilian vessel attended the location. The men were brought to shore by the member of the public, where they were received by officers at the Frank Sound Dock. Neither of the men reported injuries.
Just after 3:45PM, the Air Operations Unit responded to a report of a vessel with five occupants that was experiencing difficulties at sea, off North Church Street, and required assistance getting back to shore. The police helicopter located the vessel, which was then assisted by the Cayman Islands Fire Service rescue team and the Cayman Islands Coast Guard. The vessel was towed ashore along with its occupants and there were no reported injuries.
The RCIPS would like to thank the members of the public and partnering agencies who assisted in these rescues, and would like to encourage the public to be mindful of the weather conditions when planning water sports activities, especially when warnings have been issued.