Fire Dept: 19 drowning hotspots identified

Fire Dept: 19 drowning hotspots identified

MELAKA: The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) has identified 19 hotspot locations categorised as the high-risk areas due to drowning cases during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

JBPM director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said the locations were determined based on data of drowning incidents which exceeded five victims between 2016 and 2018 at rivers, waterfalls, beaches and lakes.

“So we will make sure our personnel are patrolling at the areas and giving advice as well as putting warning signs for visitors especially in the picnic areas considered ‘prone’ to drowning cases.

“Among the identified high-risk drowning locations are Port Dickson’s beaches in Negeri Sembilan and Pantai Puteri in Melaka, Sekayu Waterfall in Terengganu and Sungai Pertak in Selangor,” he told reporters at the JBPM Melaka’s ‘Jaluran Mesra Ramadan’ celebration at Bukit Katil, here tonight.

Among the precautionary measures, he said, JBPM personnel will be stationed at the hotspots and to conduct periodic patrols.