SAFETY AT SEA – OPEN WATER SWIMMERS

Staff September 16, 2020

‘No person may bathe within the port except at such places as are authorised by the Captain of the Port’

(Port Rules – Section 165: Bathing.)

There has been a significant increase in members of the public swimming in open waters where, because commercial operations are often conducted, there is the potential for a serious accident to occur.

Open water swimmers are reminded that permission must be obtained from the Captain of the Port prior to swimming in open waters.

As defined in legislation, any person wishing to swim in port waters, must have prior approval from the Captain of the Port. These persons have to submit their request to gpaenquiries@port.gov.gi at least 24 hours before their intended swim. Having received the approval of the Captain of the Port, it will allow the Gibraltar Port Authority to send out the appropriate notification to all parties using the waters, for the safety of the swimmers and commercial operators alike

Open water swimmers are advised to have a surface marker buoy attached at all times whilst in the water in order to warn approaching vessels that there are swimmers in the area. High visibility swimmers hats are also recommended to aid visibility.

 

  

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