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    SLCG reaches milestone in lifesaving activities

    January 26, 2017

    Sri Lanka Coast Guard lifesavers on duty at the Balapitiya beach in the Southern coastal town managed to save the life of a local from drowning at sea on Thursday (19th Jan.). With this the SLCG lifesaving activities have reached a milestone by saving 800 lives within a short span of time since beginning lifesaving operations.


    So far SLCG lifesaving personnel deployed at lifesaving points located in coastal areas around the country have saved the lives of 482 local and 318 foreign national from drowning at sea.

     


    At present there are 196 professional lifeguards in the SLCG. They are trained at the Life Saving Training School of Balapitiya. The SLCG maintains 13 lifesaving points at different parts of the island.


    SLCG commenced lifesaving activities in 2009. In December that year SLCG lifeguards saved Johong Seok of Korea from drowning at the Mirissa beach in the Deep South. He is the first foreigner to be saved by SLCG lifeguards.

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