Fire Dept identifies 19 drowning hot spots


MELAKA (May 25): The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) has identified 19 hot spot 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 last night.

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

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