August 11, 2012:
The inclement weather affecting Trinidad and Tobago over the last few hours have led to reports of flooding, landslides and downed utility lines in North West Trinidad (Diego Martin, Maraval, and Santa Cruz). This inclement weather is expected to persist throughout the day with showers and thundershowers as well as periods of rain.
Going to the beach is a favorite pastime of ours but we are advising all beachgoers to be aware and be safe. We would like to advise beach-goers to always swim at a life-guarded beach between the red and yellow flags, and if you are ever unsure, please approach one of our friendly lifeguards, who will be more than happy to help. Those who cannot make it to a life-guarded beach should find out about the conditions of their chosen beach before they go, and read the safety signs to make themselves aware of the local hazards. Most importantly, if you see someone in trouble, call for a lifeguard.
Despite the changeable weather, we are still expecting many to brave the great outdoors and really make the most of Trinidad and Tobago has to offer over the August vacation period. We want beachgoers to have a great time, but also consider the safety of themselves and the people around them.
We also wish to remind all beachgoers of the following:
As a general precaution, we advise people not to swim near stormwater drains, rivers, streams and other outlets into the bay during rain and for at least 24-48 hours afterwards.As a general precaution, we advise people not to swim near stormwater drains, rivers, streams and other outlets into the bay during rain and for at least 24-48 hours afterwards.Pay particular attention to any warning signs posted at the beach for your safety.
Swim with a buddy, never alone. Children must never be left unattended or unobserved.
Do not dive or jump into unfamiliar water. Always wade in first to avoid hitting your head on a shallow bottom.
Do not push or jump on others.
The Ministry of Tourism is responsible for specific beaches in Trinidad, namely Mayaro, Manzanilla, Salybia, Maracas, Tyrico, Las Cuevas, Los Iros, Vessigny and Quinam. The Tobago House of Assembly is responsible for the beaches in Tobago. Lifeguards patrol beaches from 10.00am to 5.30pm from Mondays to Sundays.
Coutesy the Ministry of Tourism