APM's coastal towers in Sarawak provide lifeguard services
Last Update: 20/06/2019
KOTA SAMARAHAN, June 20 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) is in the midst of enhancing its standard operating procedure in accordance with international standards on two coastal towers (Baywatch) at Damai Beach in Santubong and Luak Bay Esplanade, Miri as a rebranding effort.
APM Disaster Management and Operations director, Abdul Wahab Rahim said 16 coast guards in Sarawak would be on duty from next month after completing training in reporting, health and work safety, communication, public education and communication.
"With this coastal rescue towers, the public and beach visitors will be aware of their existence and feel safer," he told a news conference at the Samarahan Civil Defence Office, here, today.
He said from 2015 until now, 62 cases involving the public were received by both coastal towers.
“Currently, there are 47 coastal rescue towers nationwide, including two in Sarawak, equipped with jet skis and rescue boats,” he added.
On disaster management operations, he said 10 relief centres were set up in five divisions, namely Kuching, Samarahan, Betong, Sibu and Bintulu, which housed 852 victims from 196 families this year.
He said the recent flood on June 4 at Long Busang which affected 340 victims from 82 families was an example of flooding that occurred far inland with more than eight hours' travel time from Kapit town which made it difficult for rescue agencies to reach the area during the incident.
"But with the help of Sarawak Radio Amateur Services (Sares) as well as information from Sekolah Kebangsaan Long Busang which has Internet facilities, flood information could be channelled to the Disaster Management Committee secretariat," he said.