RBR Coastguard Reinforced for Holiday Weekend – The Royal Gazette

Updated: June 18, 2021 12:00 PM

An RBR Coast Guard boat on patrol Sunday (file photo)

Coast Guard soldiers from the Royal Bermuda’s Regiment will be on the water in force over the holiday weekend.

RBR Coast Guard personnel check in with colleague on jetski (file photo)

Captain Jeff Patterson, the RBR Coast Guard commanding officer, said full-time members would be reinforced by RBR Reserve soldiers and members of the Bermuda Police Department.

Captain Patterson added, “There will be approximately 30 Coast Guard RBR soldiers and police patrolling all waterways, day and night. “

He said that although May 24 is the traditional start of summer, National Heroes Day marked the start of a significant increase in activity on the water in recent years.

Captain Patterson added, “It will be great to see a lot of people enjoy our beautiful marine environment, but they must do so in safety and with respect for other boat users and with consideration for the people who live on them. he is. “

Lt. Col. Ben Beasley, commander of the RBR, said he hoped boaters would avoid risks that would require coastguard intervention.

Col Beasley added, “Far too often we respond to preventable injuries or provide rescues for people who could have avoided a situation that caused distress.

“It only takes a second for a stupid mistake to turn into a serious incident. “

Colonel Beasley said the Coast Guard carried out regular safety checks on boats and there had been “marked improvement” over the past year.

Capt Patterson added, “The Coast Guard RBR is not intended to spoil people’s enjoyment of our beautiful marine environment, but we have a responsibility to make sure the water is safe for everyone and to help prevent incidents.

“We take our duty very seriously and we will not hesitate to crack down on anyone who puts himself or others in danger.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Martin Weekes said: “On the water, the BPS will provide additional resources to support and work alongside the Coast Guard to strengthen their maritime police response this holiday weekend and to monitor compliance with Covid as well as to deter anti-social behavior on the water. “

He added that the public can use the non-urgent police number 211 for Covid-19 queries or to report regulatory violations or use the online portal on the BPS website.

The RBR Coast Guard can be contacted on 294-0610 or via the Bermuda Maritime Operations Center by VHF radio, which will dispatch troops if necessary.

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