A retired Coast Guard Lieutenant has launched a new non-governmental organization, Lifesaving-Liberia Incorporated (LIFESAL) in Monrovia.
Lifesaving-Liberia Incorporated, with headquarters on Gurley Street, South Beach, Monrovia, aims at preventing water-related accidents and minimizing the rate of drowning in the country.
According to the founder and executive director, a retired Armed Forces of Liberia lieutenant, Pastor Alfred S. Junes, the motto of his organization is “Help Us Save Lives.”
Pastor Junes, LIFESAIL’s executive director, said the body is organized to provide awareness on the dangers of swimming on the various beaches without lifeguards.
Quoting statistics from the Irish Live-Saving Foundation (of Ireland), about I.2 million people drown every year, mostly in the world poorest countries.
Pastor Junes said drowning is an epidemic that kills, and that water safety education is the only defense against drowning.
He has meanwhile appealed for public support, stressing the need for medical remedy to save the beaches and also to encourage the public to take advantage of the entity’s Lifeguard Training aimed at training lifesavers.