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Marine activities to resume only after risk assessment, says Mersing district officer

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Marine activities to resume only after risk assessment, says Mersing district officer

MERSING, April 8 — Scuba diving and snorkeling activities in the waters of the district here, which were halted immediately yesterday due to the missing foreign divers in Pulau Tokong Sanggol, will be allowed to continue only after a risk assessment has been carried out, said Mersing district...

channel for the latest updates.MERSING, April 8 — Scuba diving and snorkeling activities in the waters of the district here, which were halted immediately yesterday due to the missing foreign divers in Pulau Tokong Sanggol, will be allowed to continue only after a risk assessment has been carried out, said Mersing district officer Mohammed Shakib Ali.

In addition, he said the incident which involved a tour boat operator who tested positive for drugs was the second time detected by authorities.“We do not want a situation where tourists who came to Mersing to feel suspicious of the boat operators here.

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MERSING, April 8 — Scuba diving and snorkeling activities in the waters of the district here, which were halted immediately yesterday due to the missing foreign divers in Pulau Tokong Sanggol, will be allowed to continue only after a risk assessment has been carried out, said Mersing district officer Mohammed Shakib Ali. In addition, he said the incident which involved a tour boat operator who tested positive for drugs was the second time detected by authorities. Mersing district officer Mohammed Shakib Ali said stern action will be taken against those who defy the order. “We do not want a situation where tourists who came to Mersing to feel suspicious of the boat operators here. According to him, the three divers had a recorded of over 50 dives and were undergoing a training course in advanced open waters. “Island hopping activities will continue when we re-evaluate the risk assessment of sea activities,” said Mohammed Shakib during a press conference held at the Forward Operations Base at the Mersing district council’s public jetty here today. The order comes in the wake of yesterday’s incident involving four foreign scuba divers who went missing while diving in Pulau Tokong Sanggol, about nine nautical miles from Tanjung Leman here. Mohammed Shakib said there must be an approach together with the authorities where the associations or boat owners are able to monitor their staff who handle activities at sea. There was also an increased danger of deep vein thrombosis ― a blood clot normally in legs ― up to three months after contracting Covid.

He added that under the Fisheries Act, through the Marine Park fee schedule, there are permits issued for those who want to participate in scuba diving activities. Mersing has five main islands namely Pulau Sibu, Pulau Besar, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Aur and Pulau Pemanggil. Cyril said according to Grodem, all four divers made the first dive for 45 minutes before emerging on the surface. “But the implementation is limited due to the need for a lot of discussions with the operators,” he said. Mohammed Shakib added that under the administration of the Mersing district council (MDM), the trade and business by-laws are in the process of enforcing water activity regulations. He said, through the by-law, there is a condition that scuba diving training centres must have a license, apart from reporting each of their activities which will be charged accordingly. "The coach was found drifting on the surface of the sea with diving equipment intact from noon yesterday before being rescued,” Cyril added. Meanwhile, Mohammed Shakib hoped that all quarters would respect the current difficult time and provide space for the victims, their families and the search and rescue (SAR) team. The researchers said their findings had “major policy implications”, calling for more treatment to prevent blood clots from developing, particularly in high risk cases.

He said he also took note of the complaints by boat operators after the notice, halting all sea activities in Mersing, was issued. Yesterday, following the disappearance of four foreign divers off an island in Mersing, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar called for all diving activities there to be temporarily halted. A total of 90 personnel from various agencies were involved in the search for the three still lost at sea on Thursday, using 18 boats and two helicopters. He issued the decree after the incident took place off Pulau Tokong Sanggul, nearby Pulau Sibu on Wednesday You May Also Like .