Concerns raised on cases of drifting boats and missing people at sea

MEMBERS of the public have been urged to prioritise their safety and put plans of traveling on hold if the weather threatened their safety.

Director of Operations SSP Abdul Khan stressed this in a statement, highlighting concerns on the number of drifting boats and people reported missing at sea this past week.

“This past week three reports were received with 11 persons reported to be missing at sea found safe and unharmed following searches conducted by Police and brave volunteers who gave their time and resources,” SSP Khan said.

“With the festive season up on us, inter-island movement will be on the rise with some opting to travel via small boats, which is why operators must comply with all the necessary maritime safety regulations.

“Attempts to travel during times of unfavourable weather must never be entertained as you not only risk your life and that of your passengers, but members of the search parties that are activated upon receipt of such reports.

“We plead with everyone’s support with the compliance of this advisory to avoid any loss of life this festive season.”

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