Cayman Islands Coast Guard vessel (file photo)

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Coast Guard handled a total of seven incidents last Sunday, August 28, which was described as a busier than normal Sunday by the CICG. One person was injured and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after two personal watercraft collided in an incident.

The CICG said preliminary investigations do not suggest alcohol was a contributing factor, but do suggest one of the operators was riding in a dangerous and unsafe manner. However, they did not say if it was the biker who was injured.

In a drug-related incident, the driver of a jet ski tried to flee from officers, which resulted in the seizure of the jet ski, and coast guard officers also recovered a small carry of ganja. Additionally, there have been four instances where vessels have been arrested for exceeding the five-knot limit within 200 meters of shore, and one vessel has been found fishing in a marine park.

The CICG urged people to exercise caution and good judgment when using jet skis and other vessels in open water, especially within 200 meters of shore; to always ensure that the speed of the vessel does not exceed five knots (no wake should be seen behind your vessel) when it is within 200 meters of the shoreline; and never operate any type of vessel under the influence of alcohol or any other substance that may impair judgment, vision, or response time.