Offshore holidaymakers urged to observe safety precautions over Easter weekend
Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is urging the public to be vigilant and to observe necessary measures if they go offshore to celebrate the upcoming holiday period.
The MAJ says it notes that several leisure seekers will be travelling by boat to the offshore cays over the period.
Travellers are being urged to use only vessels that are registered and licensed to carry passengers by the authority.
Below are safety measure recommended by the agency.
1. Coxswains - the person who steers the vessel – must engage travellers in a safety brief prior to commencement of a voyage.
2. Lifejackets must be properly fitted and worn by all passengers while onboard the vessel. Children’s lifejackets must also be available.
3. The valid coxswain license of the skipper must be displayed.
4. The coxswain must be ready to show - on demand by the travelling public or law enforcement (Marine Police and the JDF Coast Guard) - the safety certificate of the vessel.
5. The vessel must be operated in accordance with the conditions listed on the safety certificate.
6. Passengers and coxswain must ensure the vessel does not exceed the passenger complement it is licensed to carry.