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Boating safety basics reviewed

The sea can be a dangerous place, especially for smaller vessels. This latest incident gives cause to review some safety measures

Captain Bryan Ebanks told Cayman 27 even when every precaution is taken, things can go wrong on the open ocean.

He said common sense must be taken when venturing away from shore. He said communications devices, signal flares, life jackets, and first aid kits are all essential to have on board.

He said knowing what to expect from the weather is equally important.

“If you’ve got a small boat, the first thing you need to do is check the weather, and if there’s any doubt in your mind of a weather change, the maybe you should leave it for another day. Because there will be days of calm and there will be days of rough, but it’s better to put it off, it’s just a hood precautionary measure to take,” said Captain Bryan.

He recommends letting friends and family know where you’re headed and what time you expect to return, before heading out to sea.

About the author

Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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