Look into more ways to reduce drowning cases - Lam Thye


KUALA LUMPURL: Apart from the 12 high risk areas earmarked as drowning hotspots, more new risk areas need to be identified and pre-emptive actions taken to reduce cases of drowning, said National Water Activity Safety Council (WASC) member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said among the pre-emptive actions to be considered included making it mandatory for local governments to place personal floatation devices (PFDs) and warning signages at these dangerous locations.

In a statement here today, Lee said it was time for the public to also help out by setting up volunteer patrols to alert authorities of more potential high risk areas where drownings could occur.

“PFDs need not be expensive and certain countries have effectively used them. What more they are vandal proof and inexpensive as they can be locally produced from recycled plastic water containers,” he said.

He was commenting on the latest drowning tragedy where three students lost their lives in Pantai Teluk Kalong, Kijal. Kemaman.

Lee also said that local authorities should also adopt uniform water signages developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation, known as ISO20712-1:2008 and placed them at these high risk areas.

He said schools too had to create awareness on drowning by inviting representatives from WASC or relevant agencies to give briefings before school holidays began on the dangers when they get into the water.

Among the 12 drowning hotspots identified by the Ministry of Housing and local government are Sungai SKC Kampung Timah, Sungai Tinggi, Sungai Gasi all in Selangor, Sungai Kampung Batu Payung in Tawau, Sabah, Lata Berembun waterfalls in Raub, Pahang, and Teluk Bahang in Batu Feringghi, Penang. -- BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd