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Regional port captains say they are ready for Semana Santa

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Sea port captains in the area say they are ready for the beginning of the busy Semana Santa holiday season which officially starts this weekend.

Genaro Narváez, Captain of the Port of Playa del Carmen reports that la Capitanía Regional de Puerto y el sector Naval en Solidaridad are prepared with surveillance operations to ensure those arriving for Semana Santa will have a safe vacation.

He says that the week before, sea operations were carried out that saw 147 kilometers of coastline monitored and inspected where he says, approximately 2,600 small vessels operate.

“The current pattern is 2,600 vessels that correspond to the jurisdiction from the hotel Velas to Punta Pájaros, which is around 147 kilometers. The activities are regularization of permits, review of safety equipment, the dissemination of meteorological bulletins and surveillance so as not to exceed the quotas in the different vessels,” he explained.

José Carlos Gorbea Barcelata of the Naval Sector Command in Cozumel recommends visitors participate in water activities responsibly while taking care of the environment. He says they are in charge of the coastline from Playa del Carmen to Punta Pájaros in Quintana Roo where lifeguards and surveillance personnel will continue to monitor waters.

He says people should avoid “diving while intoxicated or diving with a condition that could put their life at risk,” adding that “they need to take care of the environment, do not throw garbage, respect all the guidelines for diving with respect to not damaging coral or marine life.”

The Secretariat of the Navy says that boats are ready in the event of any emergency, including interceptors for search and rescue along with aircraft.