After years of voluntary service without equipment, the Red Dolphin Lifeguard Association-Gambia last Saturday received seven surfboard worth over D500,000 from Amy Saggerson of UK.
The donation, which came through Sainey Manneh, proprietor of Swiss Tavern Beach Bar and Restaurant, was as a result of the number of drown cases at the beach. A case in point was the unfortunate incident which occurred in early January 2016 involving a young boy called, Samba Jallow.
Prior to the presentation, Momodou Bah, said ‘if there were enough equipment for members of the Lifeguard Association’ the number of drown cases at the beach will be greatly minimize.
He expounded on the importance of lifeguards, which he said, cannot be underestimated as they play a vital role at the beaches.
Bah disclosed that members of the Red Dolphin Lifeguard Association are volunteers faced with many constraints in carrying out their duty as they are always out to rescue lives.
“Among their constraints listed are capacity building and inadequate equipment ” he added.
Jainaba Jallow, president of Red Dolphin Lifeguard Association, thanked the donors for the gesture. She said the donated items would help them to be more efficient and effective in carrying out their job.
She described surfboard as one of the most vital tools they use to rescue people at sea and that with the latest donation, there is hope that the number of drown cases at the beach will be drastically reduce.
She explained that as the number of people using the beach increases, so also is the number of drowning increases.
by Yunus S Saliu