The National Disaster Management Organisation NADMO in joint collaboration with Felix Foundation and the International Surf Life Saving Association of the United States of America held a 4-day Marine Search and Rescue Training programme aimed at minimizing risks associated with the patronage of water bodies in the country. The intensive training programme came off on Monday November 19th through to 22nd 2018 at the Labadi Beach Resort in Accra.
The ultimate objective of the programme was to establish a readily Search and Rescue Squad to be deployed to respond to any form of emergency in Ghana. These trained officers will also be responsible for safe-guarding the various water bodies in the country.
In a speech read by Mr. Richard Amo Yartey, Director of Geological Disasters on behalf of the Director General of NADMO, Hon. Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh, he said, reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2014 indicate that every year, drowning claims as many as 372,000 lives globally, stressing that on 3rd June 2015, Ghana experienced a devastating flooding that took the lives of over 120 people in one day. “It is also not unusual to find lifeless bodies of people especially, children floating on the river, lake or ocean of Ghana after festive occasions’’, he added.
According to him, situations like the June 3rd disaster amongst others motivated the collaboration with Felix Foundation and ISLA to conduct this open water rescue training which gave participants the requisite knowledge on safe open water rescue in case of floods and water accidents in the country.
He was grateful to Felix Foundation and ISLA for partnering NADMO to organize the training.
David Wagner, team leader of ISLA, was grateful to be here in Ghana for the second time on the same open water training mission and encouraged participants to keep up with their good voluntary activities so as to save precious lives.
Mr Felix Uzor, CEO of Felix foundation in a brief remark said, Ghana could now boast of about 18 standard life savers certified by ISLA for the open water rescue as compared to about six people certified in the first training in 2016.
Participant at the training were drawn from NADMO, Ghana Armed Forces, Marine Cadet, Kokrobite Life Savers, Ghana National Fire Service, National Ambulance Service, Ghana Police Service, Felix Foundation, Tourism Authority and Red Cross Society amongst others.
Also present at the ceremony were DCFO Kwaku Manu Afful (GNFS), Capt. Paapa Akuako Owuredu (Ghana Maritime Authority), Mr. George Ashie (National Ambulance Service)