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Ministry of Tourism on the fatal incident at Las Cuevas Beach

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June 23, 2013: 

It was reported that at around 5.30pm on Saturday June 22, 2013 there was a tragic incident at Las Cuevas Beach on Trinidad’s North Coast resulting in the death of 14 year old Lily Blades of Arouca.

Apparently, the young girl was at the beach with her parents and was one of a small group of persons swimming in the sea when a pirogue operated by a resident of Las Cuevas collided with her causing fatal injuries. On learning of the incident the Honouarable Stephen Cadiz , the Minister of Tourism, immediately contacted the parents of young Lily expressing his heartfelt condolences to the family.

Minister Cadiz visited the Las Cuevas Beach area on Sunday morning (June 23) and spoke with the lifeguards on duty and the Police officers investigating the incident to get first-hand knowledge of what had happened.  The Minister has requested a full report from the Life Guard Service.

Immediate steps will be taken to further protect persons swimming at the beaches patrolled by the Ministry of Tourism Lifeguard Service. Minister Cadiz has mandated the Tourism Development Company (TDC) to install marker buoys along beaches and to create ‘NO ENTRY ZONES’ for motorised craft where possible.

The Ministry of Tourism has received a copy of the first draft of the Life Guard Bill, which will be presented to the Cabinet as soon as possible. This new Legislation, it is hoped, will give lifeguards the authority to properly manage safety issues at the nation’s beaches. In addition, the Ministry of Tourism is looking to develop a Beach Authority which will be responsible for all aspects of beach management and facilities.

The Ministry of Tourism deeply regrets the horrific incident at Las Cuevas and extends our sincerest condolences to the Blades family.   

The Ministry of Tourism has lifeguards patrolling specific beaches namely Mayaro, Manzanilla, Salibya, Maracas, Tyrico, Las Cuevas, Vessigny, Toco and Quinam.

For more information, contact:
Tel.: (868) 624-7856, 
Ministry of Tourism     Fax:  (868) 625-3894
Levels 8 & 9
Tower C, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago, WEST INDIES


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