Published Wednesday, April 28, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Coast Guard officers from the Salinas Bay station, in Guanacaste Province, rescued an Austrian tourist who had a sailing accident.
According to the police report, during a routine patrol carried out by the Coast Guard near Bolaños Island, they saw a woman that had lost control of her kiteboard while sailing through the bay.
"Due to the strong winds and the turbulent currents, the young woman lost control of her kiteboard and fell into the water," the Coast Guard said in its report. "The sea currents were dragging the woman towards Nicaragua maritime zone, while she was staying afloat by holding on to her surfboard," they added.
The Coast Guard rescued the woman, identified as Tomitsa, 33, and carried her to the coast of Copal Beach. The woman was in good health, so it was not necessary to take her to any clinic. "She was tired from all the time she was fighting against the winds and the waves, " they said.
Once on shore, the woman was reunited with the group of tourists with whom she was traveling. A short video of the rescue operation can be seen on the Coast Guard Facebook page.
Since March, specialists have warned about the increase in winds and waves, so tourists can take precautions and avoid water accidents.
The so-called Easterlies, which are are the permanent east-to-west prevailing winds that flow in the Earth's equatorial region, are causing a strong increase in the waves on the country's both coasts, in the North Pacific (Guanacaste Province) and Caribbean (Limón Province), warned the specialists of the Oceanographic Information Module of the University of Costa Rica.
The Spring Equinox with a full moon causes very high tides in the mornings and afternoons, they added.
Forecasted high tides maximum on Wednesday, April 28 with 3.19 meters high in the afternoon for the entire Pacific Coast. The tides will drop normal levels as of Saturday, May 1, said the specialists of the Oceanographic Information Organization.
People can reach the tides and winds updated information on the organization's web page.
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