Drowning has been acknowledged as a major threat to people’s lives. To combat this problem, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS).
The MoU is agreed upon by both IMRF and ILS for their common goal of reducing the drowning cases in the world. With the collaboration of the said organisations, resources will be more available and used for more efficient means of preventing drowning. They will be leading collaborations from national, regional, and international groups and governments to provide drowning prevention assistance.
According to Chairman Michael Vlasto of the IMRF, ““We intend to make this a very close working relationship where we can mutually benefit from the skills, experience, resources and knowledge of our respective organisations. The measure of success will be a reduction in the number of drownings in the world’s waters as a result of our cooperation and the successful delivery of initiatives we have in place and new ideas that will be developed.”
President Graham Ford of the ILS also shares, “Global Drowning is a major global public health issue that directly impacts more than one million people each year. We only can combat this through our International alliances and collaboration, when all organisations with similar humanitarian goals work together”.
The IMRF has a vision of “Preventing loss of life in the world’s water” by working closely with the world’s maritime search and rescue (SAR) organizations. The ILS is engage in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport. With the collaboration of this two, an improved maritime training for drowning prevention can also be achieved.
Source: World Maritime News