10 rescues in one day
Apr 24th, 2017 by admin

The lifeguards at Playa Cocles sent along this report from Apr 16:

17917770_410498329323545_7682293012733737773_oHola, nuevo reporte del día 8 al dia 16 se rescataron 10 personas, Estefa Robinson 45 años nacionalidad suiza se hospeda en el hotel villas del Caribe, corealin bille 23 años nacionalidad francesa de Turrialba, Eon Neoman 8años nacionalidad inglesa hospeda hotel la isla inn, Marilon borndelles 20 años nacionalidad francesa hospeda hostel lazy non, Cristian Alexander zalasar 20 años nacionalidad C.R, Natalia mesa 29 años de Cartago, Nicole Soto Moreno 21 años de san carlos, Eoleyne ratlas 18 años nacionalidad Bélgica hospeda Rocking J’s, Margot charee 23 años nacionalidad Bélgica hospeda Rocking J’s, Nilo Jannelle soto 21 años de san carlos hospeda Rocking J’s, gracias a dios que ningún fallecido. Nesesitamos mas apoyo de los negocios de cocles y alrededores de cahuita e Manzanillo gracias Salvavidas Cocles pura vida.

Ten persons rescued in a single day! This shows what important work they are doing. Please support the work with a donation if you can.

Defibrillator Update
Feb 28th, 2017 by Eddie

Mr. Eddie Vahdat will be arriving in mid March with the new battery for the defibrillator 16730141_380421735664538_5887678993745774476_n (to diagnose and reestablish normal cardio rhythm by means of an electrical discharge) he donated to the lifeguard program in 2016. Eddie is covering $50 of the total $170 cost of the battery and will give another training course to the lifeguards to fortify the training he gave them in 2016.

We need your help to restore full staffing
May 9th, 2016 by Eddie

Esteemed Donors, Because of your generous support over the last 14 years countless lives have been spared at Cocles Beach since in 2002 five people drowned in just eight days!

The C12491908_146213522418695_4251373457751638727_oocles Lifeguard Program is once again in crisis closing out April with a deficit of ₡59,619.00. The last two weeks we have once again had to send one of our trusted, faithful lifeguards home without pay leaving everyone’s safety in the noble hands of but one lifeguard!

Our lifeguards are extremely responsible and specifically trained. A few weeks back we received a donation of a defibrillator from the USA with training on how to use it. The lifeguards can now not only rescue someone and give first aid, but keep that person alive awaiting the ambulance!

Please help us with a special donation if you’re not a monthly supporter and if you’re a business, join the other 60 who have kept this project alive. Please if you can donate some time to help me look for other financing contact me. Can anyone help me with a high level contact in Coca Cola or the Cerveceria? We need some money right now to make sure that no one drowns as we’ve done for 14 years.

Eddie Ryan

Heartfelt Thanks! Gracias de Corazon!
Dec 28th, 2015 by Eddie

To Banana Azul, Gecko Trail and Chester Ohrt for their special donations to address the déficit and Geckoes Lodge for rejoining our team of donors. Koki Beach paid all of 2016 up front as a gesture of support and Gecko Trail has doubled its monthly donation!

Playa Cocles, photo courtesy Different Lines.

Playa Cocles, photo courtesy Different Lines.

The lifeguards have given us a little more time to find a way to pay their health insurance (Caja) and at least holiday pay. As we stand today this will be difficult to do but with some new donors joining (or old ones rejoining) and if a few people come forward to work on some new financing sources, will be able to compensate the lifeguards in a more dignified manner.

Had the lifeguards not reported for work on December 21 surely people would have drowned in the high seas that followed.

A Banana Azul, Gecko Trail y a Chester Ohrt por sus donaciones especiales para hacer frente al déficit del programa. A Geckoes Lodge por reincorporarse a nuestro equipo de donadores. A Koki Beach por pagar todo el 2016 por adelantado como un gesto de apoyo y a Gecko Trail por duplicar sus donaciones mensuales!

Los salvavidas nos han dado un poco más de tiempo para encontrar la manera de pagar su seguro médico (CCSS) y al menos los feriados. A como estamos hoy día esto va a ser difícil de hacer; pero con algunos nuevos donantes uniéndose (o los viejos reincorporándose) y si algunas personas se unen al esfuerzo trabajando en nueva fuente de financiamiento, seremos capaces de recompensar de una manera más digna a nuestros salvavidas.

Si los salvavidas no se hubieran presentado a trabajar en Dic.21 seguramente alguien se hubiese ahogado con el mar tan alto.

Eddie Ryan

¡Peligro – Alerta! Danger Alert!
Dec 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!

Lifeguards back on the beach tomorrow
May 14th, 2015 by Eddie

The coldhearted ocean has been benign and warm hearts have prevailed. Kean Millward, Ty Inwood, Carmen Gutierrez, Sharon Burns and Cindy Hong have generously stepped forward to donate what will be enough to get the lifeguards back on the beach tomorrow (Friday). Lousy weather and few people helped keep us safe these last two long days. I stopped my car today to go over and give some riptide advice to a lone group of adolescent tourists enjoying the ocean, close to shore, but perhaps unaware of the risk. Tomorrow the lifeguards will do this.

Thank you Doug Dosdall from Puerto Viejo Satellite for this donated website and your intermediary role with donations. Thanks to Colin Brownlee for setting up a donation page on Go Fund Me and to Kitty Ryan for helping to get info and photos uploaded.

Kean writes:

Back in February 2013 my brother in-law Marco and I came to Puerto Viejo for a week to look at properties. One day we were down on Cocles beach and saw the flags etc. We were just in up to our waists and jumping the large waves, we’d been in for a while when suddenly up we went and then down…to no bottom, we started to swim towards the beach but noticed I wasn’t making any headway, getting tired (and knowing there were lifeguards) I tread water and raised my arm. Out they came and had us ashore in no time. Wonderful to have these guys. A heartfelt thank you to all who keep this program running.

Lifeguards suspended due to defecit and rough seas
May 13th, 2015 by admin

As of today May 13, 2015 there are no lifeguards on Cocles Beach.

Rough seas at Cocles today

Rough seas at Cocles today

Although the program has collected over 90,000,000 colones over the last 12 years a deficit of 180,000 colones ($342) in this low season month of May has created a crisis. Normally to reduce the deficit only one lifeguard would remain working but the high seas and strong currents at this moment make it too dangerous for one lifeguard to assume the risk. There will immediately be a drive to collect donations but until some money comes in or the sea conditions relax, we are at the mercy of the merciless sea.

Please help out if you can. Business owners or individuals can contact Eddie or Kitty at La Costa de Papito to pledge or renew their support or view the donation page for details on how to transfer funds. If you’d like to make a one time donation by credit card you can do it here.

Not on this beach!
Jun 9th, 2014 by Eddie

The Cocles Lifeguard Program has received more than c84,000,000 in donations from the local community over the past 11 years for prevention and rescue services on the same beach that sadly recorded five drownings in eight days in 2002.

Check the flag at Playa Cocles for surf conditions

Photo by Flickr user Guillermo A. Durán Sanabria

Respect and gratitude for our loyal lifeguard team and Dany and Dago. If only there was a way to raise their pay (c11,000 daily for the last 4 years with caja, vacations, and aguinaldo out of their own pockets). If only we didn’t have to send one home for periods to lower payroll and balance the budget. That makes it hard for them to make ends meet and leaves us at the mercy of the unforgiving sea. We’ve been lucky.

Nonetheless, hats off to all the patrons of the program for their tireless generosity and commitment to the Zero Drowning Pledge. Since 2008 every 3.5 days someone drowns in Costa Rica. Not on this beach!

Urgent Need to Make Up Shortfall
Sep 26th, 2012 by Eddie

The program is 230,000 colones (about $460 US) in the hole and, unfortunately, we will have to try and operate for the next 3 weeks or so with only one lifeguard instead of 2.

The lifeguards are skilled, dedicated and extremely responsible and it´s most regrettable to slash their income and try to protect the public on one leg.

Emergency one time donations or a monthly commitment would be most welcome. If any neighbors would lend a hand to create some new funding strategies and get more businesses involved, the results would be significant.

Nobody should forget how 10 years ago 5 people drowned in 8 days giving birth to this noble community program which has saved countless lives and raised over 62,000,000 colones ($124,000 US).

Lifeguards back at work on Playa Cocles
Jun 29th, 2010 by Eddie

The Cocles lifeguards returned to work on Monday June 28 after the suspension of the program on May 12 for lack of funds. Because of the contributions collected in May and June the program will kick off with a positive balance of about ₡ 500,000.

Financially we were ready to start again on June 14 but the lifeguards had taken temporary  employment and their commitments did not permit their return until June 28.

When the program is suspended our loyal, responsible lifeguards are left without any income. We run the risk of losing them permanently with another layoff.

Que Paso Caribe bimonthly magazine is organizing a benefit at Mango Sunset bar for mid July. They will be raffling a $400 mountain bike as well as other prizes. Please stay tuned for details.

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