ROYAL Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Maritime Department appeals to sea travellers to take note of the strong wind warning that has been issued by the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) in Honiara.
Director of the RSIPF Maritime Department, Chief Superintendent Charles Fox Sau said, “The warning is about strong winds that will affect the country, especially people in Rennell & Bellona, Makira, Temotu and Western Provinces.”
Chief Superintendent Sau explained: “It is expected that the provinces mentioned including the southern waters of Western, Guadalcanal Provinces and Russell Islands will experience southeasterly winds of 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots at times with moderate to rough seas and moderate swells (2.0-3.0 meters).”
“Sea travelers in those areas should take precautionary measures as these strong winds have the potential of producing dangerous wave conditions which are hazardous to small boats,” Chief Superintendent Sau emphasized.
He added: “Your safety is important so stay onshore until further advice is given by NEOC that is it is now safe to travel out at sea again.”
“I urge you to postpone all your travels especially by small boats and listen to SIBC or any of the other radio stations for any further weather forecast. If you are not too sure, stay ashore,” said Chief Superintendent Sau.
Please reported to NEOC if you aware that someone or people have travelled recently out on the sea in the areas covered by the warning, call phone numbers 27936 or 27063. At the same time you can also contact the Police Communication Centre (PCC) in Honiara on phone 23666 or the Police free toll line 999.