On Friday, the Fisheries Division issued advisory warning seafarers and the general public to exercise extreme caution when venturing out into waters in and around Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
In recent days, there has been an increase in sightings of sharks in the marine environment of neighboring Eastern Caribbean islands.
The public is hereby encouraged to be vigilant when venturing out to sea.
Fishermen and the general public are also advised to report all sightings of sharks to the Fisheries Division and the Grenada Coast Guard.
Further, if a shark is sighted, persons should immediately leave the water.
St Maarten’s Daily Herald reported that on Saturday, January 9, a female student said to be from Texas and attending Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St Kitts, was attacked by a shark near Booby Island in the Narrows, Saturday morning, and has undergone emergency surgery.
The latest report is that the student has succumbed to her injuries and has died.
Other islands such as Barbados, Dominica, and others have issued similar advisories; some have also issued bans to their populace.
Sea bathers are advised to avoid swimming alone or in “deep waters”.
Everyone operating a boat or vessel is advised to ensure they are functional, batteries are fully charged, radios are working and they have additional safety equipment on board.