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An internet photo of a rip current.
An internet photo of a rip current.
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The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) is advising coastal residents, sea bathers and fisher folks to avoid using the sea over the next three days.

NEMO has issued the advisory as long period waves could produce life-threatening surf and rip currents that can impact the shores of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) from early Monday morning into Wednesday. 

“All fisher folks are asked to secure vessels, engines and equipment. All coastal residents are also asked to take all the necessary precautions to save life and secure livelihood,” NEMO said in a press statement Sunday night.

NEMO quoted the SVG Meteorological Services as saying that long period waves propagating towards the island chain could break with life-threatening surf and rip currents along the shores of SVG starting Monday morning.

Small craft operators should secure vessels and equipment and sea-bathers are advised to stay out of the water. 

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NEMO said conditions could be more adverse at times of high-tide on Monday at 2:22 a.m. and 1:12 p.m., on Tuesday at 3 a.m. and 1:52 p.m. and on Wednesday at 3:36 a.m. and 2:35 p.m. 

NEMO said it will continue to provide updates from the SV Meteorological Services. 

NEMO wishes to advise residents living in the following coastal areas to avoid using the sea and to be extremely vigilant during this period: 

Fancy, Owia, Sandy Bay, Langley Park, Georgetown, Grand Sable, Mt. Young, Byera, Gorse,
Colonaire, Mt. Greenan, San Souci, Biabou, Rawacou, Salt Pond, Calliaqua, Villa, Arnos Vale, Sion Hill Bay, Rose Place, Ottley Hall, Lowmans Bay, Questelles, Clare Valley, Buccament, Layou, Barrouallie, Cumberland, Rose Bank, Petit Bordel, Chateaubelair, Fitz-Hughes, Richmond, Union Island, Bequia, Canouan and Mayreau.