Traveling & Water Safety

pohtiongho By pohtiongho, 30th May 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Some people are drown every day in some part of the world. How do you make sure you aren't one of them? About 1000 people died in ferry accident worldwide every year. But the actual figure could be double this amount.

Traveling & Water Safety

At some parts of the world, the water level during the low tide and the high tide can exceed 3 meters. It would be unwise to walk too far offshore during low tide, because when you want to come back to shore, you may have to swim instead, as by then at some parts of the sea, the water level may be above your head.
You may be able to swim back. But the current may be very swift. People have lost their life because when they walked offshore, the tide was low. When they wanted to return, the tide was high. Only those who were able to swim could make it. But the current might be stronger than the swimmers!
You cannot expect lifeguards to be on all public beaches nor can you expect warning sign boards to be erected at those dangerous spots.

The latest news I heard about drowning was on Saturday, Oct 13, 2007. Four of the passengers were confirmed dead and three were missing. This sort of ferry accidents happen every year, not just in any one country, but global. People still take no notice of it to prevent the accident from recurring.

When you must travel by ship, from point A to point B, find out from the captain if there are enough life jackets to go round should there be an emergency. See the jackets for yourself, not just believe him. Many captains would tell you that there are more than enough jackets to go round and that they are locked at certain places. It is not true. He does not lose anything by making the jackets visible. He can promise you the moon and the other planets.

If you must travel by sea, buy an air inflatable life jacket and put it in your bag. An inflatable jacket is the best choice because it is occupying very little space when it is not inflated.

During your next trip by ship, have a good look at the ship you are going to board. Is it well maintained? Is it too old to be safe ? Decide whether or not to board by yourself.
For some reason, ships without life jackets and valid certification are running in many countries. But your life is in your own hand. You decide if you wish to risk your life.

The owner would surely say the ship is seaworthy and that he had a valid permit. If he has, he will be proud to display it at a place where every passenger can read it. You need to check if all the passengers are manifested because your own life may be at risk. More passengers means more money. So why would a captain turn down the remaining passengers even though he knew the ship would be overloaded?

During the above accident, the fire started from the engine room. The crew jumped into the water (abandoned ship), leaving the about 100 passengers to fence for themselves.
The Italian Cruise Costa Concordia capsized and sank on 13 January 2012, with 3206 passengers and 1023 crew members, with a loss of only 32 lives.
The South Korean have lots to learn from the Italians. When the ship Sewol was sinking, the captain abandoned ship as the rescue was in progress. The passengers were also told to remain below deck and Life Crafts were scarce. Were these passengers given evacuation drills when they boarded that ship? Were there enough life jackets for everyone? Of the 475 passengers and crew, 28 had been confirmed dead and 287 are still unaccounted for. Was the ship’s seaworthiness certified? Was it because of sharp turn causing the cargo to move to one side thus causing the ship to list irretrievably, resulting in capsize?

About 1000 people died in ferry accident worldwide every year. But the actual figure could be double this amount.


Costa Concordia, Evacuation Drills, Ferries, Life Crafts, Life Jackets, Low Tide, Offshore, Sewol, South Korea

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
30th May 2013 (#)

Interesting and useful article to share...Thank you.

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author avatar pohtiongho
30th May 2013 (#)

Thanks Md. for the compliment. I hope my article will help to save a few lives. Some of the drowning incidents are never reported because the existing governments believe the bad news would affect tourism.

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