¡Peligro – Alerta! Danger Alert!
December 15th, 2015 by Eddie

English below

salvavidas-logoDespués de 13 años de rescate y servicio de prevención, después de recaudar ₡97,000,000 colones ,después de salvar innumerables vidas  en respuesta a 5 ahogados en 8 días, 14 años atrás. Parece que el Programa de Salvavidas de Playa Cocles está por colapsar!

Nuestros leales, responsables y certificados salvavidas que han trabajado por los últimos 4 años por el mismo salario de ₡11,000 diarios sin ningún beneficio!

Si no  le podemos garantizar al menos servicio de seguro social, nos comunican que el día 20 de Diciembre será su ultimo día!

El programa cerro Noviembre de 2015 con un déficit de ₡30,000. Estoy informándome sobre el costo con la CAJA, pero al menos que mas negocios se unan al esfuerzo, al menos que la Asociación de Desarrollo de Puerto Viejo y la Municipalidad responda a la petición enviada por escrito el mes pasado, pidiendo su valiosa colaboración, al menos que haya alguna idea fresca para generar más ingresos, las personas pronto empezaran a morir!

After 13 years of rescue and prevention service, after raising 97.000.000 colones, after saving countless lives in response to drownings in 8 days 14 years ago, it appears that the Cocles Lifeguard Program is about to collapse!

Our loyal, responsible, certified lifeguards have worked for the last 4 years at the same ₵11.000 daily salary with no benefits. If they cannot at least be guaranteed health care coverage they have given notice that Sunday December 20 will be their last day.

The program finished November 2015 with a ₵30.000 deficit. I am looking into the CAJA costs but unless more businesses join the effort, unless the Asociacion de Desarrollo de Puerto Viejo and the Municipalidad de Talamanca respond to the written petition for support given to them last month, unless there is a fresh idea to generate income, people will soon begin to die!

5 Responses  
  • Zoe and Tom Geckoes Lodge writes:
    December 15th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    After having been absent for a while we are now again committing ourselves to a monthly payment of Colones 10,000.
    Good luck!

    • admin writes:
      December 15th, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks so much Zoe and Tom! Monthly sustaining donations from local businesses are the heart of the funding for the program and what is really needed to keep it going long term!

  • Casey writes:
    December 15th, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I do not understand why the lifeguard program is volunteer or donation based. How is it done on the pacific? And who is in charge of collecting the donations and keeping track of accounting? There should be some kind of transparency.

    Cocles is one of the most dangerous and one of the most popular beaches in Caribe Sur and it is not an option to invite tourists or ticos and not have the infrastructure, in this case safety measures in place to support them when they arrive.

    • admin writes:
      December 15th, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      There are few lifeguard programs on the Pacific. Those that exist are also volunteer community run. There is no government support for these programs.

      And as far as transparency, the donors are listed right here on this website. The collection and the administration of the program is generously done by Eddie Ryan at La Costa de Papito which is also already indicated on this website. He keeps the detailed accounting as well which is available for review. The program needs steady funding and help with these tasks rather than criticism of the generous people who have made it happen for the last 13 years.

      • Casey writes:
        December 16th, 2015 at 7:01 am

        The criticism is warranted. These guys are told almost every week that the money isn’t there. That they won’t be paid. There is a problem when you have people begging for tourists to line their pockets but are not willing to support the community that allows that to happen safely. There is no problem paying and having fundraisers for police but no money for lifeguards??

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