About 20 lifeguards from Maracas Bay and Las Cuevas gathered outside the Ministry of National Security headquarters on Abercromby Street in Port-of-Spain seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister of National Security Stuart Young over grave security concerns following an assault of two lifeguards on Sunday.
Two lifeguards - a male and a female working at the Las Cuevas beach were physically assaulted by relatives of a drowning victim.
The incident occurred just after 4 pm when Royel Cruickshank, 18, of Marabella, got into difficulties and went under water.
Lifeguards at Maracas Bay are advising members of the public to stay away, saying they will be going at their own risk.
The warning came on the heels of weekend's walkout of on-duty lifeguards as recent serious health and safety concerns in the past three weeks have failed to be addressed by the Ministry of National Security.
The lifeguards are now demanding a meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley as they claim that there are only "empty promises" meted out by the National Security Minister Stuart Young.
Lifeguards are advising citizens to stay away from the nation's beaches until further notice.
The advice comes in light of Tropical Storm Bret.
The following is a statement by the Ministry of National Security’s Lifeguard Services Unit.
"With the deterioration of sea conditions due to the impending Tropical Storm, the Ministry of National Security’s Lifeguard Services Unit, wishes to urge the general public to refrain from all beach and sea coast activities until further notice.
Lifeguards are advising beachgoers to take note of the hours they enter and exit the waters.
This as union representative for lifeguards of the Maracas/North West beaches Dexter Pierre says that many times persons are unaware of when lifeguards take up duty.
He says most occasions people get into difficulties while in the waters are during times when lifeguards aren't on shift.
It is just one of the many warnings being issued as the long weekend approaches.