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Minister of Tourism Stephen Cadiz
says he is developing an official Life-
guard Act to give lifeguards more
power under the law.
Speaking at a function on Wednes-
day, Cadiz said he planned to take the
act to Parliament, noting it will widen
the scope of a lifeguard's authority.
He said at present lifeguards do not
have the legal authority to prevent any-
one from going into the water, but then
have to endanger their lives to save
someone who ignored their warnings.
"We feel a lifeguard should not be
putting himself or herself at any unnec-
essary risk," Cadiz said at a function
on Wednesday to open a new lifeguard
facility in Salybia Bay, Toco.
He said the new act would be a way
to avoid such occurrences and he hoped
it would come in to play soon.
He said legislation was being drafted
and will be taken to all stakeholders to
ensure that when it was taken to Par-
liament, it was well-prepared.
"The Ministry of Tourism is seeking
to empower lifeguards to effectively
treat with all of the circumstances that
impact on their duties and give them
the authority, commensurate insurance
coverage and protection in law as they
seek to execute this vital function."
Cadiz also spoke of establishing a
Beach Management Authority in addi-
tion to the Lifeguard Act.
The objective of the beach manage-
ment authority will be to oversee beach
sites, coastal zone management and
upkeep, security and maintenance of
restrooms, change rooms, showers, life-
guard towers, car parks and vendors.
Lifeguard supervisor at the Ministry
of Tourism, Lennox Dwarika, also
speaking at the event, endorsed the
minister's plan, saying while the job of
a lifeguard may seem basic to the gen-
eral public, it is much more than saving
someone from drowning
"People think a lifeguard just runs in the water
and pulls someone out but our first responsibility is
preventing incidents," Dwarika said.
He described the minister's plan as a milestone,
noting that when he entered the service about 30
years ago, lifeguards were fighting for such an act
even before that time.
He said the act would give lifeguards the legal
authority they needed to better manage people's
activities on the beach---beyond pulling someone out
of the water. This includes games and sports played
in and out of the water.
He said when the act was passed, lifeguards would
be able to arrest or give citations. He explained an
"arrest" did not mean someone was charged, simply
prevented from doing something that would endanger
"This will help us manage and protect people on
the beach," he said.
He said a lifeguard's work was not about being
"macho" and running in to rescue people, "it is more
community-oriented. The act will ensure the safety
of beach-goers and lifeguards," he added.
"They will be able to manage the beach and how
people do things. They might even have the authority
to close the beach if they find it's unsafe for public
use," he added.
Investigators probing the brutal stabbing
of Point Fortin labourer Adrian Blackman
on Tuesday night say they have obtained
the identity of his attacker.
Although the suspect was yet to be arrested
up to yesterday afternoon, officers are con-
fident he will be caught soon.
The man, of Techier Village, Point Fortin,
went into hiding after the incident.
Police said 22-year-old Blackman, of Sev-
enth Street, Techier Village, is now in a stable
condition at San Fernando General Hospital
after being stabbed several times about the
abdomen and chest.
According to reports, Blackman was liming
with three friends near his home when there
was a heated argument over a cellphone.
Police said one of the men left and returned
with a knife and immediately grabbed Black-
man, wrestled him to the ground and began
to stab him.
The suspect ran off.
Blackman's relatives ran into the road on
hearing his screams and took him to the Point
Fortin Area Hospital.
It was only then that police were made
aware of the stabbing, when nurses contacted
the Point Fortin Police Station.
Sgt Bajan and PC Ramnarine are continuing
Cadiz wants more
power for lifeguards
Cops close in on
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