Friday 19 January 2018

Let’s take better care of each other and avert more drownings

THE prolonged fine weather is being savoured across the country. But at the time of writing, 11 people have drowned since the beautiful fine spell kicked in. The victims have been of all ages, and they have died in a variety of swimming places from quarries to lakes and from rivers to the open sea. The net result is that 11 families have been deprived of their loved ones. Many communities have been stricken by loss.

The water safety authorities are doing their best. The emergency services are stretched to the limits of their capacity, but are prepared to do everything they can to avert calamity.

There are no easy remedies to prevent further loss of life. All we can do is appeal to everyone to be more careful and exercise more responsibility.

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