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Drowning death: President appoints CDS to implement a National Plan

15 October 2018 06:50 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena, to implement a National Plan to reduce the number of deaths caused by drowning, which has come to an alarming rate.

The office of the CDS said that there have been 760 and 678 deaths reported in 2016 and 2017 respectively while 412 deaths reported by mid-2018 due to drowning.

Most number of deaths have been reported from Colombo and Galle districts for the last two years mainly by drowning at sea.

A national plan was formulated and training of more life savers from the Tri Forces, Coast Guard, Police and Civil Defence Force has already been started islandwide, as part of its implementation.

The national plan aims at achieving several key objectives such as creating public awareness, formulating a risk profile for beaches and water ways in Sri Lanka, training and forming of life saving teams Islandwide, investigation and assessment on drowning and water safety, contribution to tourism development through safe water related activities, formulating of water safety rules and regulations, collection, compilation and preserving of data for analysis and evaluation, establishment of a print and electronic media unit on water safety.

As per the national plan, a National Operational Committee will be established covering all nine provinces and twenty five (25) districts in the country with relevant human resource and infrastructure development in achieving the above objectives.

The seventy one (71) years old Sri Lanka Life Saving Association, Life Saving Victoria Australia, International Life Saving Federation and Royal Life Saving Society UK (Common Wealth) provide the technical support and other assistance towards implementation of this national plan.(Darshana Sanjeewa)


  Comments - 9

  • BRP Monday, 15 October 2018 09:15 AM

    Oh no, not this man. He will be arrested soon by the CID.MS lost his mind.

    johan Monday, 15 October 2018 01:42 PM

    Oh no! please!!! He will know how to drown people. It is like fence eating the crops

    Somapala Monday, 15 October 2018 09:32 AM

    First the CDS has to formulate a plan to save Sira the cheater from drowning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jaliya Monday, 15 October 2018 09:42 AM

    What is the connection of MS and CDS ? The answer will resolve many unanswered questions. There is an inquiry on this man for disappearance of youth and supporting an individual to escape from the law not only he is the CDS but now appointing an individual who is caused of a crime to a position of safety. He is an undisciplined thug who beat up a media personnel with a broom stick. 2019 Sirisena needs to go with him period !!!

    Sofia Monday, 15 October 2018 11:55 AM

    HE is doing this to show CID the indirect closeness similar to that MR hugged Lanza the day after the Raid at his house. This is dirty politics and we are expected to swallow the shit.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 15 October 2018 09:51 AM

    In every school, swimming must become a compulsory subject, even for Muslim girls.

    Rasheed Monday, 15 October 2018 11:29 AM

    Handing over the Safe key to rogue.

    Machan Monday, 15 October 2018 01:36 PM

    Simple solution. Improve infrastructure to Teach swimming at schools.

    Ajja Monday, 15 October 2018 03:41 PM

    Life savers need to be deployed in the sea,rivers and lakes where people bathe.If not those areas should be strictly prohibited for common use.

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