A warning sign and rescue equipment have been installed at the Bubbly Pool in Jost Van Dyke, where a tourist died during a heavy swell in March.
In an ongoing safety initiative, the BVI Tourist Board and the Conservation and Fisheries Department took the step on Aug. 29, according to a statement from the BVITB.
The sign, which provides guests with information on possible safety hazards, is equipped with a life ring and 25 metres of floating rope, the statement said.
“We have been working on placing safety signs and equipment on many of the beaches throughout the territory in efforts to provide a safer environment for swimmers,” said lifeguard David Donovan, who helped install the equipment.
During a north swell on March 9, a 36-year-old American woman died at the Bubbly Pool in what officials called an “apparent drowning.” The pool is connected to the ocean by a rocky channel where a strong current is created during times of heavy swell.
In February the two agencies installed similar signs and equipment at Savannah Bay in Virgin Gorda, where an American snorkeler died the previous month after he and his wife got caught in “turbulent” water, police said at the time.