Administration holds drills to enhance travel safety at Liyu Lake
During the Travel Safety Week, on March 14, 2017 at the Liyu Lake Scenic Area Tourist Center and the Tanbei Pier, the 2017 Liyu Lake Lifeguard Drill Program was held. Staffers of the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transport and Communications were sent to the site to give instructions, while deputy director of the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area Administration Huang Kui-chu was the inspection officer. Chang Huai-wen, Shoufeng Township magistrate of the Hualien County, also came along. The General Lifeguard Coach of the Hualien County Branch of the Red Cross Society of The Republic of China (Taiwan) Lin Jung-yuan served as the director for this drill program. More than 80 people from related government agencies and the area’s 17 boating companies took this emergency and lifeguard training.
During the training, the attendants tried out some useful knowledge and skills. A broader network was also established for efficient sharing of resources. The participants were asked to familiarize themselves with the SOP so that passengers of the boating business owners and people doing other water activities can be assured of their safety.
Deputy director Huang noted that more than 1.66 million visitors came to the Liyu Lake in 2016 alone. The drill program held this time included how visitors can help themselves when falling into water and what lifeguards can do to save them, as well as what can be done when passengers fall off from water vessels, using lifeboats or other tools. The Administration’s staffers and the boating business owners taking part in this drill program all did some practices. After these precious exercises, if an accident does occur in the future, the loss shall be reduced.
Township magistrate Chang Huai-wen added that since the Liyu Lake is Hualien’s major tourist attraction, water safety is especially important in the lake area. He hoped that the area’s shops and boating companies can all work with the Administration to ensure visitors’ safety and to keep the lake area a safe place.
In fact, to ensure safety of visitors when doing water activities, the Administration, the business owners of the lake area’s shopping district, and the local boating companies have jointly established the Liyu Lake Water Safety Patrol to make sure everything is safe through non-stop stationed patrol.
The waterfront drill program was hosted by a team of eight experience lifeguards from the Hualien Branch, Red Cross Society of The Republic of China (Taiwan), who gave instructions to the attendants and shared their lifeguard experiences. They reminded the attendants to report urgent cases quickly and sharpen their rescue ability.
The drill program was held in winds and rain, but the attendants completed the following goals nonetheless: “zero errors during the drills” and “seamless report, rescue and hospital delivery.” It is hoped that by holding regular and special drills the Liyu Lake can become a place of zero disasters and that no visitors’ life or property may be lost.