By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE arrested a Jet Ski operator over the weekend in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a female visitor.
The incident happened last Friday off Cabbage Beach near Paradise Island.
Police said the woman reported to officers that around 3pm, she was sexually assaulted by a man on a Jet Ski in waters off the popular beach.
A man is currently in custody helping police with their investigation.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Stephen Dean said this is the second sexual complaint this year involving a Jet Ski operator and a tourist.
In November 2014, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said he was “very concerned” about reports by some tourists and the US Embassy in Nassau regarding alleged cases of sexual assault on Americans by members of the water sports industry, mainly Jet Ski operators.
His comments came after The Tribune reported that a tourist, who posted her claims on an international complaint website, said she developed post traumatic stress disorder following an encounter near Paradise Island with jet ski operators who allegedly tried to sexually assault her.
Earlier that month, the US Embassy in Nassau released a warning over a spike in reported sexual assaults, some of which were linked to the loosely regulated water sports industry on Paradise Island.
Mr Wilchcombe told The Tribune at the time that as “the eyes of the world are watching us,” it is imperative for the Bahamas to “have programmes to ensure that our visitors are protected”.
He said last year that even though most tourists are not subject to any crime, the government could not ignore the reports.