SIMPSON BAY:— The Lagoon has just been made a safer place to go boating after the successful completion of a joint French and Dutch initiative to identify and mark the sunken hazards to navigation. The project was initiated by Shrimpys Yacht Support and involved both the French and Dutch Side Sea Rescue Associations, the St. Maarten Marine Trades Association, and Island Water World. These organizations all came together to ensure that all known underwater hazards to navigation throughout the lagoon are identified with a bright yellow marker and visible to mariners. This is an essential requirement for vessels to transit the lagoon safely without risk of collision with sunken objects.
Mariners should give clearance and avoid any yellow ball markers such as the one shown in the photo below.
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The project team would like to thank all those who participated in this private initiative, Mike Glatz from Shrimpys for organizing it, and IWW for providing the tackle and markers.
Shrimps Yacht Support Press Release
Source: St. Martin News Network http://www.smn-news.com/st-maarten-st-martin-news/28283-french-and-dutch-side-lagoon-hazards-marked.html