Raft captain welcomes shorter Rio Grande ride

BY EVERARD OWEN
Observer correspondent

Monday, September 11, 2017

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A decision to introduce a shorter raft ride on the Rio Grande in Portland has been welcomed by one of the raft captains at the world-famous visitor attraction.

Raft Captain Naldy Roberts spoke to the Jamaica Observer yesterday after receiving news that the Tourism Product Development Company Limited (TPDCo), the agency with responsibility for managing Rio Grande attraction, has implemented a new, 90-minute rafting trip.

According to TPDCo, the new ride will become available on September 18 and is for individuals who wish to enjoy a shorter version of the sought after experience.

It will be available in addition to the legacy trip of two or three hours.

“The short distance is very good as some of the persons complain about the long ride down the river, especially after they have eaten,” Roberts told the Observer. “This short distance is about two miles compared to the eight miles long distance.”

Yesterday, a number of visitors were seen enjoying the legacy trip, which starts at Berrydale and ends at Rafter's Rest.

The TPDCo explained that the new short route will begin at Rafter's Rest and end at Shotover, thereby eliminating the need for patrons to be escorted from Rafter's Rest to start their ride at Berrydale.

TPDCo also pointed out that the “slow, scenic tour of the Rio Grande is led by licensed raft captains who are trained in first aid and CPR, and possess excellent swimming capabilities”.

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