The significant increase in near-drowning or drowning cases necessitates the concerted effort of all stakeholders to view the issue in perspective and to come up with initiatives to prevent such untoward incidents.
It is also the responsibility of parents to keep watch on their young who are engaged in any form of water sports activities, and ensure compliance with safety procedures.
While it is saddening that a 12-year-old schoolboy had met with a tragic incident at sea, it is heartening to learn that three other boys were saved by an Australian woman.
Housewife Silvia Hajas should be commended for her selflessness and courage in her life-saving endeavours despite unfavourable weather conditions. She is truly a modest heroine.
Article by: JEFFREY LAW LEE BENG