Five missing in separate drowning incidents

Five missing in separate drowning incidents

Five missing in separate drowning incidents

Written by Zulfick Farzan

06 Dec, 2021 | 11:29 am

COLOMBO (News 1st); Five people are reported missing from Mullaithivu, Peradeniya, and Kuruvita, after they reportedly went to bathe in rivers and the sea.

One person died and two others are reported missing when the trio went for a sea bath in the Mullaithivu beach.

A 20-year-old male died and two others are reported missing after a group decided to take a bath in the Mahaweli River in Peradeniya.

According to relatives, the group had paid close attention to the water levels before getting into the river, however, the water level rose unexpectedly.

Another person is reported missing after he was carried away by a strong current while bathing in the Gerandi Ella in Waladura, Kuruwita.

Drowning Prevention:

– Learn basic swimming and water safety skills: Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning. Children who have had swimming lessons still need close and constant supervision when in or around the water.

– Wear a life jacket: Life jackets reduce the risk of drowning while boating for people of all ages and swimming abilities.

– Learn CPR: Your CPR skills could save someone’s life in the time it takes for paramedics to arrive.

– Know the risks of natural waters: Lakes, rivers, and oceans have hidden hazards such as dangerous currents or waves, rocks or vegetation, and limited visibility. Check the forecast before activities in, on, or near water. Local weather conditions can change quickly and cause dangerous flash floods, strong winds, and thunderstorms with lightning strikes.

– Avoid alcohol: Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or other water activities. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance, and coordination.

– Use the buddy system: Always swim with a buddy. Choose swimming sites that have lifeguards when possible. The buddy system is especially beneficial for people with seizure disorders or other medical conditions that increase their risk of drowning

– Take additional precautions for medical conditions: Provide one-on-one supervision around water, including swimming pools, if you or a family member has a seizure disorder. Consider taking showers rather than using a bathtub for bathing. Wear life jackets when boating. Other medical conditions such as autism or heart conditions are also associated with a higher risk of drowning

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