Last Sunday, 20th of March, 2022, dozens of vehicles were almost washed away by the incoming high tide at the No. 63 Beach in Region 6, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana, South America.
A Guyanese citizen who was on the scene took out his mobile device and started to video the scene. He humorously identified himself as the “Berbice Critics” – a spinoff of the well known Guyanese critic. This publication made contact with the “Berbice Critics,” whose name is actually Mohamed Kaliel, and asked him permission to use his video, which was granted.
Apparently, the residents went to the beach to have a fun time. They took up a comfy spot, put their music boxes on full blast, and started to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze – without paying attention to the tide chart. At around 4 PM, however, one of the them started to notice that the waters were encroaching too closely to the vehicles. At that time, it was clear that the high tide was coming in and the waters were closing in on the vehicles – threatening to float them away.
At that point, the residents scurried into their vehicles, fired up the engine, and hustled to drive away to safety. However, the waters had already formed a stream near to the exit point – slowing down the traffic and making it difficult for the vehicles to exit in a timely manner.
Panic and fear erupted as the residents feared that the waters would wash the vehicles away. According to Mr. Mohamed, three vehicles, including a canter truck, were stuck in the sand, but thanks to helpful residents who lent a hand, the vehicles were lifted and pushed to solid ground and managed to drive out safely.
Thankfully, all the vehicles were saved that day, but that doesn’t mean that beachgoers should take things for granted. Team Guyana, South America strongly advises all beachgoers to cultivate a greater awareness of tide predictions as well as the convenience and safety of the parking spot on the beach.