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The number of lobster fishermen treated for decompression continues to increase LINK
With more than three months remaining before the end of lobster catching season, the number of patients treated for decompression illness continues to rise. The doctor in charge of the Hyperbaric Chamber, Dr. Heli García Molina, said this is due to the lack of responsibility of the fishermen-divers, who don't respect the diving protocols.
He said an unprecedented 144 patients have been treated since the season began on July 1st, which is unheard of in the history of the Board. During last year's lobster season, between July 1st and February 28th, there were 43 fishermen treated.
Policarpio Pastrana, Director of Fishing, said classes have been taught by Dr. Garcia Molina explaining the risks and the measures they should take, but unfortunately there is little or no interest in attending. He said that of a total of just over 300 fishermen, between 30 and 40 fishermen attended, while more than 140 have been affected this season alone.
The doctor has been warning the fishermen about abusing the rules about depth and dive time, but they are descending to more than twice the recommended depths. He said the norms that they are equipped and qualified for are about 70-90 feet, but now they are going down to 190 feet, which is a serious risk for their health. They do this because lobsters are scarce, but they not only go deeper, they also increase the amount of time they are under and the number of dives they make.
Dr. Garcia Molina said the most serious thing is that many of the fishermen continue to use alcohol or prohibited substances, which increase the risk of a decompression-related injury. He said that drugs give them a false sense of security, when in reality they are pushing their health to the limits. They are given a false sense of confidence and they forget about being dehydrated because of being hungover, and they are able to dive without pain, but the truth is the effects of these substances are a deception and when those effects pass the consequences occur, and many times it is too late.
The doctor said that unfortunately, the work of the lobster fishermen is increasingly complicated, risky and continues to put their lives at risk.
New rules & increased security after fire at Isla Contoy fishing camp LINK
The director of Isla Contoy National Park, Maricarmen García Rivas said that following the fire in the ecological reserve last week, security and surveillance will be increased. Interviewed by telephone, she explained that the rules have changed as a result of these events, and if this occurs again, then they will need to close temporarily until the fishermen can organize.
She said fuel storage will no longer be allowed inside the huts, which could complicate the work of the fishermen. She said it is unknown if the fire was caused by an oversight by the fishermen, but the accumulation of fuel inside the camp will not be allowed. When asked about the possibility of filing a complaint, she said it is up to the person affected to file a report with the prosecutor's office.
Naveganto ferry company's two new boats will be put into operation within five to seven days, according to the Director of the Port Authority (APIQRoo) in Isla Mujeres, Rosa Rios Fernandez. She says they will be in service before high season and this is very good news. (They are catamarans & will be faster.) VIDEO
Robberies at two hotels by hooded thieves within two hours LINK~SIPSE
The State Attorney General's Office (FGE) sent agents from Cancun to assist in the investigation and operations to detain those responsible for robberies at two hotels on Isla Mujeres within two hours. Employees of the Izla hotel in Sac Bajo, Erick N, 28, and Benito N, 23, told police that around 4am six to eight hooded persons with firearms entered, made threats, and asked for the location of the safe. The employees replied, and gave them the key, but a second key was needed, so they went and got the guard with the key. The employees were tied with plastic straps (zip ties?) and their eyes were covered with duct tape. The thieves took their belongings and Erick's 1400 pesos and 35,000 pesos of the company's money, but they were unable to open the safe.
The second robbery took place around 5am at Casa de los Sueños hotel, located on the road to Garrafón Park. The guard, Nemesio N., said about eight people carrying firearms and wearing balaclavas entered and threatened and beat him. He was tied with plastic straps and his eyes were covered with duct tape, until he managed to get loose after some minutes and asked a guest for help to call the police. The thieves took nine iPads, 600 pesos, and all the money from three safes, but that amount was not disclosed. The Red Cross paramedics transported the guard to the hospital. (Source-SIPSE Nov. 18)
An accident occurred downtown when a golf cart rented from the Bahia agency ran into the back of a golf cart rented from Gomar's which hit the back of a Honda car that was parked. An injured male person was taken to the hospital by Red Cross paramedics, and the tourists and rental vehicles were taken to the police station to determine responsibilities. (photos)
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean
|November 12 6:30|
November 13 7:13
November 14 8:01
November 15 8:53
November 16 9:50
November 17 10:50
November 18 11:51
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset ~6:11-6:04p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:50-7:07a (start-end/mo)
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
Wednesday, Nov. 6 Diabetic Clinic-Free for residents with glucose testing, glucometers & supplies, reading glasses, nutritional education. Senior Citizens Club in colonia La Gloria 9a-12p.
Saturday, Nov 9, the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros will receive the Dorados of Playa del Carmen at the Convention Center court at 8pm
Sunday, Nov. 10 At the Pescador baseball field (in front of Chedraui) the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros of Picus will play the Vaqueros of Leona Vicario. (It doesn't say what time, but games usually begin at 1p.)
Monday, Nov 11-12 N. Taurids Meteor Shower peaks around midnight
Tuesday, Nov. 12 Postal Workers Day El Día del Cartero y del Empleado Postal
Thursday, Nov. 14 World Diabetes Day
Friday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 17 Buen Fin (sales)
Friday, Nov. 15 Fundraiser for (&a t) the Little Yellow School House at 6p. Mexican Fair with food, fun & prizes!
Saturday, Nov. 16-17 Leonids Meteor Shower but the moon will interfere
Monday, Nov. 18 Day off for Día de la Revolución Mexicana Banks & governmental offices close.
Wednesday, Nov. 20 There is usually a parade down Rueda Medina that starts around 8a, usually from the Naval base. Expect traffic detours.
The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception will begin sometime around the weekend of Friday, Nov. 28 and continue thru her day on Dec. 8th. There is usually a Cabalgata parade of horses and a "bullring" set up (bullfights have been banned in Mexico), where there are rodeos and comedic bullfights, as well as folklorico dance performances and a night or two of live music & dancing on the Town Square. More info TBA.
Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to NHC