High Surf Keeps Calif. Lifeguards Busy

first_img It was treacherous, he said, adding that he tried to jump in near Steamer Lane, but I couldn t get out there. Nine lifeguards and firefighters on the lookout for surfers in distress watched from the cliff and in the water after a 2 p.m. high tide. The National Weather Service planned to call off its high-surf warning at 4 a.m. today, predicting swells of up to 25 feet overnight from Point Arena to Point Pigeon and up to 20 feet for points south. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Santa Cruz Port Director Brian Foss said the high surf was the biggest he remembered in the past several years. He said waves up to 3 feet high rolled through the harbor and rose to 14 feet near the wharf. I ve never seen it break out this far, McCord said. It s beautiful any time, but it s exciting today. Waves 14 feet high Warnings issued This is Santa Cruz, he said. They don t go to work or school, they surf. C.J. Flores of Santa Cruz ambled down West Cliff Drive after getting battered by the swell off Its Beach. He said waves were triple their typical size. If someone needs to be rescued after being warned by authorities, McCaslin said that person can be responsible for the cost of the rescue. While the high surf drew daredevils and experts to the waves and big crowds to watch the spectacle also brought State Parks lifeguards, the city s marine rescue crew, firefighters and paramedics to West Cliff Drive on Tuesday. Rain or wind could keep people out of the water, even if the swell continues to pound the coast, he said, adding We re really going to be watching the weather closely. Surfer Laura Williams of Santa Cruz stood on the bluff near Cowell Beach, watching several surfers get temporarily backed into a cove by strong currents. She said she could tell they were inexperienced based on their novice paddling. He said he was unsure whether crews would remain after dark or be sent out today. We re doing a pre-emptive thing, Santa Cruz fire Battalion Chief Matt McCaslin said as he manned two radios and two phones from his command vehicle parked at the south end of Mitchell s Cove. It doesn t happen that often that we get a big winter storm and a decent day. center_img The current pushes people into the rocks, she said. They shouldn t be out here. Lifeguards patrolled the coast warning surfers of the dangerous conditions, but authorities are limited in their ability to keep surfers safe. Lifeguards on personal watercrafts towed four troubled surfers through the breaker to the beach at Mitchell s. Another surfer at Cowell Beach needed help after a wave crashed him into the wharf, splintered his board and spat him onto the beach. Harbor Patrol also rescued a surfer about 8 a.m. near Capitola who was described as prehypothermic. MONTEREY, Cali. — Ferociously high surf charged by storms in the Pacific Northwest exhausted surfers and rescuers alike as 20-foot swells crashed off the misty Monterey Bay, Calif., coastline Tuesday, forcing dozens of surfers from the water. Bob Koval of Santa Cruz said he usually surfs three hours at a time, but said the high surf forced him out in half the time. Still, it didn t amaze him others stayed in. Back in Santa Cruz, for spectators, the high surf was a visual and auditory delight. Two Coast Guard helicopters equipped with night-vision goggles and two vessels were dispatched to search for the fishing boat. The Good Guys is reportedly owned by Ben Hannaberg, said to be a contractor who has operated out of Pillar Point for about five years. Up north, a commercial crab fishing boat went missing near Pillar Point Harbor on Tuesday afternoon. Good Guys, a 25-foot vessel with two aboard, was returning to the harbor from crabbing along with a second boat, Majek, shortly after 1 p.m. The two boats were in contact with each other, but the Majek lost contact with the other boat. About 1:30 p.m., an electronic locator beacon from the missing boat was detected south of Pillar Point, but there has been no sign of the boat itself by about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Jann McCord and Kathy Haber, who live near Its Beach and walk along West Cliff Drive frequently, said they heard the waves crashing throughout the night Monday. They walked to the waterfront Tuesday afternoon to get an up-close look at the waves crashing near the Surfing Museum. These are exceptionally big waves, Foss said. Legally, we can t order them out of the water but we sure as heck can give them an advisory, Chief McCaslin said. Contact Jennifer Squires at [email protected] Contact J.M. Brown at [email protected]last_img read more

Following CARICOM-Mexico Summit – GDF to benefit from disaster response…

first_img You may be interested in… Apr 21, 2020 Jul 27, 2020 ‘GECOM goes back to CARICOM’ Apr 15, 2020 May 29, 2020 Georgetown, Guyana – (March 7, 2018) With an already strong defence cooperation programme with several bilateral partners, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is now set to benefit from the expertise of the Mexican Army in the area of disaster response and management. This was confirmed (on Wednesday) when President David Granger met with Mexico’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Ivan Robero Sierra Medel. The meeting was held at State House. The Ambassador said that the move to strengthen military to military relations between the two countries came out of discussions at the CARICOM-Mexico Summit, which was held in Belize in October 2017. Upon the invitation of the Mexican Army, two GDF officers are to be identified to be part of a four-month training programme, which is scheduled to commence later this month at the National Defence College in Mexico City. Guyana and Mexico strengthen military to military relations in the area of disaster response and management following CARICOM-Mexico Summitcenter_img The Mexican Army has over 50 years of experience and expertise, particularly in the area of disaster response, an area in which the GDF can benefit significantly. Ambassador Sierra Medel explained that in Mexico, the military has a comprehensive strategy consisting of six pillars to deal with natural disasters. These include: search and rescue, evacuation of at-risk communities, interaction with the population during a crisis, protection of families and securing communities and these are the areas in which the two GDF officers will be trained. Expressing his appreciation to the Ambassador and the Mexican Government, President Granger said, “I see this as the start of a relationship that we will continue to build on and over time we will be able to develop our own disaster response capabilities.” See Joint Declaration – IV CARICOM-MEXICO Summit (25.10.17) Read more at: Ministry of the Presidency Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… More Support Needed for Small States in COVID Fight –… CARICOM and Mexico agree to strengthen ties in disaster risk management; other critical areasCARICOM and Mexico, which both recently suffered devastating natural disasters, have agreed to strengthen cooperation in disaster risk management. The agreement forms part of a Joint Declaration issued at the end of the Fourth CARICOM-Mexico Summit held in Belize on Wednesday 25 October 2017 under the joint chairmanship of CARICOM…October 26, 2017In “General”Belize hosts pivotal CARICOM-Mexico SummitThe CARICOM-Mexico Summit on Wednesday 25 October, 2017, in Belize is seen as a pivotal opportunity for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to strengthen cooperation with Mexico, one of the world’s largest integrated economies. The Summit, at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, brings together CARICOM Heads of Government and their Foreign…October 25, 2017In “Belize”CARICOM accredits new Mexican envoy  New envoy from the United Mexican States, His Excellency, Ivan Roberto Sierra-Medel on Wednesday presented his credentials to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown.[su_pullquote align=”right”]”CARICOM embraces the opportunity to continue collaborating with you, especially in the context of our strategic objectives as outlined…May 13, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp NCTF approves decisions for CARICOM officials to do WHO… Tributes Pour in for Former Barbados Prime Minister last_img read more