Our Community Needs You……
Once again, today two bodies (tourists) were recovered at Playa Linda, near Matapalo. These two persons drowned. Instead of have to wait until these bodies appear, we should have our own Coast Guard Dive Team that can respond to these types of emergencies and start rescue or recovery operations immediately. While there are no guarantees that we will recover these bodies immediately we should show the families that we care and that we at least try to find them instead of waiting for these bodies to show up somewhere. We are glad to inform you that the local Coast Guard Station has already purchased the bulk of the basic equipment and are arranging the advanced training programs. However, they need additional equipment in order to comply with recognized training requirements essential to the safety of the divers, prior to fielding a complete operational team. Because of the normal budgeting process this will take this to next year but the services of this team are needed now as was evidenced by the recent drownings.
The following message was sent recently to some of our areas Movers and Shakers Advisory Council:
“The Security Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism is looking for financial support to assist the National Coast Guard Academy of Costa Rica which is headquartered in Quepos with the formation of a specialized Rescue/Recovery Dive Team which can be called on a moment’s notice for water emergencies. This Special Dive Response Team can be especially useful for rescue and recovery operations in high seas. Most of the equipment and training for this Public Safety Course has been secured through some of our programs but we are still missing some critical specialized equipment needed to get started. This equipment includes a Self Rescue Redundant Spare Air system which allows the Rescue Diver to get to the surface in an out-of-air emergency. Also needed are Primary Dive Lights which allows the divers to see under water during rescue operations. Other equipment includes search reels, lift bags, etc. Should you be interested to support our efforts to ensemble the first specialized dive team in Costa Rica, please let us hear from you. Without a doubt this is a very worthwhile and historic project and deserves your attention. We should be proud to be the “Home of the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Academy” and should support the formation of this first Costa Rican First-Response Dive Team as long no other financial resources are available”.
Should you want to join me and Capt. Scott Fergusson in these fundraising efforts, please let us hear from you! On behalf of our guests and myself, I have donated $250.00 towards this effort and Lic. Mauricio Lara-Ramos has pledged the same amount. That gives us $500.00 to start this effort with… Any support is appreciated….
Owner La Mansion Inn & Contempo