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Red Cross Trains 50 Officials on Water Rescue, Safety

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Posted: Aug 23, 2016 at 5:58 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Authorities of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Lagos state branch, Monday commenced a three-day training on water rescue and safety for 50 of its officials.

Speaking in an exclusive chat with our correspondent, Samuel Adeneye, Disaster Preparedness and Response Adviser for the society said that the training is aimed at equipping officials of the society with the basic skills necessary to rescue people, vehicles, boats and canoes involved in accidents on our waterways.

Adeneye explained that the training, held at Muhammed Abubakar Swimming Pool at Police College, Ikeja, Lagos, is part of the contributions officials of the society are making towards ensuring that our waterways are safe.

His words: “Each of the officials paid for the training since our major constraints are lack of supports from public spirited individuals, corporate bodies and the government at the local, state and federal levels”.

He however appealed for supports in order to ensure that the training is regular and organized nationwide.

Bayo Adeola, a certified professional trainer, who handled the training of the Red Cross officials identified incorrect usage of swimming supports like life jacket, spirit of adventure, under-estimation of distance, effect of cold and alcohol, as some of the factors that causes drowning.

Adeola, who is the founder of Merit Aquatic Sport Academy, Lagos however advised parents and guardian not to push their children or ward into the sea or swimming pool, but ensures that children and adult develop enough confidence and be totally relaxed while swimming, since pressure from water will make the swimmers lighter.

On principles of rescue and safety, the professional trainer explained that people should be watchful and assess a  situation where a boat capsized, vehicle plunged into the ocean, or someone is drown either at sea or a swimming pool before taking action.

One of the officials, who identified himself as Sunday said he has benefited tremendously from the training, as he is now equipped to face the humanitarian efforts of the society in rescuing victims of accidents at our waterways.

In the last six months of the year, no fewer than 10 persons may have lost their lives along Nigeria waterways. A commercial boat conveying passengers from Badore to Lekki area of Lagos capsized and six of the passengers got drowned.

June this year, two female students, identified as Funmi, 24 and Shola, 27, drowned at Elegushi Beach in Lekki.

The students were graduates of International Relations at the Covenant University in Ota, Ogun State, who arrived the beach for picnic.