Invoice will make Cayman Islands Coast Guard official

Cayman News Service


Cayman Islands Coast Guard vessel

(CNS): Legislation to formally establish the country’s first coastguard unit has been published in the government gazette. The latest arm of local law enforcement has been taking shape over the last year and its first cohort of recruits graduated in March. An amalgamation of the jobs once done by the RCIPS Joint Marine Unit with parts of customs and immigration, this new uniform branch is tasked with both policing the waters surrounding Cayman and rescuing those in trouble.

The Cayman Islands Coast Guard has already been operating for several months under the command of Robert Scotland. It is expected to support several existing agencies and perform a range of duties, from rescuing trapped turtles to recovering drugs from the sea.

The bill now gazetted formally establishes the coastguard “as a uniformed and disciplined department of Government” responsible for maritime enforcement of local laws, the coordination and delivery…