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Ministry warns of sharks in the region

Ministry warns of sharks in the region
Watercraft operations are not permited under the current COVID-19 directive. (FILE)

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The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy is urging Barbadians to exercise caution at the beach after sharks were spotted in neighbouring Caribbean islands.

In a release, the Ministry said: “While there have been no reports of sharks in Barbadian waters, all sea bathers, watercraft operators, fishermen and all others using the sea have been asked to exercise great caution when doing so.”

Sea bathers should also avoid swimming alone or in “deep waters”.

Everyone operating a boat or vessels is advised to ensure they are functional, batteries are fully charged, radios are working and they have additional safety equipment on board.

Anyone who sees a shark or believe they have seen one, is asked to notify the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy immediately, stating location and times. Only serious concerns should be reported.

To report any sightings, email [email protected] or call either (246) 535-5740 or (246) 256-3171. (PR/SAT)