We were on a snorkeling trip, for a couple of hours in this beautiful catamaran, called Marquesa if I'm not wrong.
7 miles of the coast we were told there was a coral reef where we could enjoying the beauty of it snorkeling. We had a extensive and good briefing before which indicated experienced and trained people.
Myself and 3 more people including my other half, were the first ones to jump into the water.
I was immediately pulled to under the catamaran, and managed to swim away, even though I've found the sea a bit rough.
No need to say that in less than 5 minutes I was taken by a strong current. After warning my partner, realizing we could never swim back to the boat we asked for help.
Meanwhile helping another person that was having difficulties.
The 1st member or the crew got to us that by luck got hold of a mooring buoy, and when tried to take one of us back, realized it was impossible and swam back to us.
Another member of the crew got to us, and again, could not swim back.
The captain had to move the catamaran in order to be able to send us a life raft (no engine) which took quite a long time, as we could not exactly explain what to do due to the distance and waves.
Finally we all got hold of the life raft, which was linked by a rope to the catamaran. Fortunately we were all fit enough to go against the string current with just the strength of our arms, that by now, mine were exhausted.
For my astonishment, when approaching I realized there was no ladder at the back, and the captain was pulling us up, by his hand.
At least...a portable ladder!!!!
Anyway, we all managed to get into the catamaran, where I started to get in shock.
I found it extremely strange, how is it possible no one have noticed the strong current we have, not actually tested the waters, and then not having appropriate rescue devices. Not to mention...a ladder!
I'm a keen swimmer, snorkeler and even scuba diver, never in my life jumped into waters that have not been checked beforehand.
Even... 90 miles south...in Cuba there's always someone to check currents and sea,before anyone else jumps in...and I re-enforce... places in question like Cuba, or even Egypt.
I was not expecting this from a company like this and in this country.
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