Boat owners in Barbados have been heeding calls from fisheries authorities to take immediate action in securing their vessels as tropical storm Ernesto drew closer to the island.
Dozens of boats were seen tied up at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex.
Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer, Joyce Leslie, also urged owners of small craft to remove their vessels from the water urgently, as Ernesto was expected to pass north of Barbados early tomorrow morning.
Up to late this afternoon, the country remained under a storm watch. Leslie had advised owners of larger fishing vessels in the water on the south and south-west coasts, to seek shelter in the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex, on Harbour Road.
Earlier today, the Fisheries Division hauled in vessels on the East Coast at Tent Bay and Consett Bay. Meanwhile, owners in the north at Half Moon Fort, St. Lucy and Six Men’s, St. Peter, who were seeking shelter in the Marina at Port St. Charles, were also advised to contact the marina and take adequate fendering tyres and ropes for securing their vessels. (EJ)