Do not swim in the waters of Trinidad and Tobago

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A man throws himself into the water at Store Bay on May 3, after 10 beaches were reopened following the shark attack at Turtle Beach on April 26.  - Visual style
A man throws himself into the water at Store Bay on May 3, after 10 beaches were reopened following the shark attack at Turtle Beach on April 26. – Visual style

CANADA and Britain have issued travel advisories to their citizens advising them not to swim in TT coastal waters following the shark attack on a British tourist in Tobago on April 26. This ultimately led to the closure of ten beaches.

The Travel Canada website stated: “Coastal waters can be dangerous. In certain areas, sharks pose a risk to swimmers.

“Avoid unsupervised beaches. Follow the instructions and warnings of lifeguards. Please respect the flag warning system, which reports water conditions and safety hazards on beaches.”

The UK government’s travel advice website said Tobago authorities had temporarily closed Buccoo Reef Marine Park until further notice, following a shark attack on a tourist at Turtle Beach/Courland Bay.

“This closure is effective immediately and applies to all recreational activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, glass bottom boat tours and all other water activities within the park boundaries.

“Tobago authorities strongly advise all beachgoers, fishermen and mariners to exercise extreme caution when operating in the coastal areas around Plymouth, Courland Bay, Black Rock, Mt Irvine, Buccoo, Pigeon Point, Store Bay and all areas in between. You should check and follow the advice of local authorities.”

The advisory was due to last until May 4, but the ten beaches that were closed due to the incident reopened on May 3.

The tourist survived the attack and was later airlifted to Miami, Florida, US.