Why is it that we always have to wait for tragedy to strike before we implement safety measures?
These photos above were taken on 2 January 2011, just a couple of days after a beach accident involving a seven-year-old Japanese girl. They show beach buggies on the sand, parasailing activities and water scooters all on the same stretch of beach where toddlers and young children are playing, blissfully unaware of the danger lurking all around them. Notice the buggy wheel tracks across the beach.
Such accidents and near misses had prompted the Aliran website (on 12 January) to alert the public about the dangers at the seaside. On 18 January 2011, six days after the Aliran article, a 23-year-old from China, was injured in her legs when a motorboat operator sped off while she was still preparing to be launched. And now the latest accident involving yet another tourist from China, who was struck on the beach by a water scooter that had run out of control.
Do we have to wait for more tragedies to strike before we do something?