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Down to 1 Lifeguard on duty at Cocles due to funding shortfall. Can you help?
October 21st, 2015 by Eddie

As of Monday October 19 2015 there will be only one life guard on duty at Playa Cocles. We closed September with a ₵78,000 deficit ($147) and we will have to temporarily cut costs (and services!) to balance the budget.

lifeguard-towerOur lifeguards are extremely responsible and highly qualified and sending one home without pay is undeserved and painful. For the moment the sea is calm but this can change overnight and the ocean knows no pity.

I prepared a petition for domestic government agencies and large suppliers of products to the area requesting their sponsorship to cover health insurance, or vacations and Aguinaldo or work risk insurance or holiday pay, none of which the lifeguards receive.

They have received the same ₵11 000 ($21) daily salary for 4 years and now one is being sent home.

Thanks to all our steady donors. We have raised almost ₵95 000 000 ($180 000) in these last 12 years and saved so many lives. I will reach out to those local businesses who do not participate in the next days.

Please take extra care if you are in the water while no lifeguard is on duty. And if you can help, please visit our donation page or contact Eddie Ryan at La Costa de Papito.


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