Saturday, 4 January 2014 00:00
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard has conducted an awareness program for fisherman in life saving and survival techniques.
Coast Guard personnel attached to Sothern Region ‘Rohana’ at Mirissa conducted a lifesaving awareness program for fishermen in the Kottegoda Lunukalapuwa area on Tuesday (31 December 2013).
Over 50 fishermen participated in the program which aims at minimising the drowning accidents in sea.
The program enlightened the fishermen on safety conditions of fishing boats, proper use of safety gears, life saving techniques and survival at sea.
Over 1,200 people die annually in Sri Lanka by drowning in seas and inland waters due to lack of awareness in safety matters and negligence, the Coast Guard says.
The fishermen were also educated on the repercussions of engaging in human smuggling, drug trafficking and vulnerability in taking sea passage to Australia.