“A search has begun for man lost at sea while waiting on a dinghy after transporting some tourists to Kudavillingilli near Kaafu atoll Thulhusdhoo for surfing,” Haveeru reported yesterday.
This is not the first instance of men falling into the sea from sea borne transport. However, we seem to have neglected the need for safety measures, with our “false” sense of security.
The measure is simple: wear a life-jacket when on the sea. Surely having a regulation that requires the same on dingis at all times and on ferries during specific weather conditions will go a long way. At least then, everytime something like this happens, the news report will say whether the person was wearing a life jacket or not. This will create awareness and change the lax attitude we have toward personal safety and security.
My prayers are with the young man and his family. May the family be bestowed with the courge and the strength to face this unfortunate loss.