Thursday 9 April, 2020

Red flags! Pierhead beach officially a no-swim zone

Photo taken near to Pierhead beach. (FILE)

Photo taken near to Pierhead beach. (FILE)

Language barriers at dangerous Pierhead beach in The City soon out to sea.

Plans are afoot by the National Conservation Commission (NCC) to erect signs in three languages - English, Spanish and German, along the stretch of beach near the Old Coast Guard base in Bridgetown. Pierhead Beach is known as Daiquiri Beach to some as well, and it is located to the West of Pirate's Cove in Carlisle Bay.

Loop News got this news that visitors to the beach will be greeted with warning flags and signs from the General Manager of NCC, Keith Neblett today, May 28, 2019.

Following two drownings, a matter of days apart at this one beach, Neblett is assuring the public that efforts are on to prevent a repeat of such tragedy.

"What we have done is that we have put up some red flags which really depicts that the beach is not for swimming. We have also asked some of our lifeguards to take a kind of proactive approach to try to go down the beach in the interim and at least try to advise people that it is very dangerous.

"And we're hoping that by this weekend, we should be able to have one or two signs in three languages indicating the danger of the currents."

Neblett stressed that unfortunately, they can't tell people not to swim, though designating the area as unfit for swimming, "but we are saying that swimming [there] is dangerous and there are no lifeguards there."   

In addition, responding to the call of some members of the public for a lifeguard hut to be erected at the dangerous beach, he said:

"I need to clarify that you don't put lifeguard towers in areas where there are dangers. So then you encourage people to go swimming in dangerous waters. So that is some of what we are doing."

He added that beyond this, the NCC will work with the Government Information Service (GIS) to bring greater awareness to this beach and its dangers.

In other parts of the world, where no-swim zones have been pinpointed there is a law enforcement presence to ensure that persons comply, while in other places at beaches by some hotels, people, usually surfers, can sign waivers that state they were warned and will hold the resort harmless in the event that something happens.

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