UK team assesses Cayman’s search-and-rescue ability

| 22/12/2016
CNS Local Life

Participants in the Grand Cayman session

(CNS Local Life): Members of Cayman’s maritime community recently met with the UK Coastguard team reviewing local search-and-rescue capability. The focus groups, held at the District Administration Building on Cayman Brac on Wednesday, 14 December, and the Government Administration Building on Grand Cayman on Friday, 16 December, sought the views of the seafaring sector on the subject of search and rescue.

More than 30 people took part, including fishermen, boat captains and dive operators, alongside representatives from the port, police, customs, the Department of the Environment and the Fire Service.

Peter Gough, strategic advisor to the deputy governor (DG), and Nancy Lacasse, also from the DG’s office, facilitated both focus groups.

The review team, consisting of National Maritime Operations Commander Phil Bostock and International Projects Coordinator Naomi Davies, returned to the UK on Tuesday, 20 December. They are expected to submit their report to Governor Helen Kilpatrick early next year.

The governor’s office had proposed the project, which is being funded by the UK government and will include reviews of all UK Overseas Territories in the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands review is the first to be undertaken.

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