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Deaths of triathletes lead to mandatory use of safety buoys

A swimmer equipped with a safety buoy

A swimmer equipped with a safety buoy

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

KUALA LUMPUR – September 3, 2018: The death of two triathletes at the Port Dickson International Triathlon in July has prompted the Triathlon Association of Malaysia (TRIAM) to compel participants to have a safety buoy from now.

The first to be affected by the ruling will be the Perdana Builders Tri-Factor International Triathlon set to take place in Putrajaya in October. Organiser Team M3X confirmed this to The Mole today.

“Since the unfortunate incident in Port Dickson, TRIAM has made the use of safety buoys mandatory and this has been endorsed by the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“To further improve safety, we are also going to have at least 10 speedboats and kayaks in the lake. Our triathlons are sanctioned by TRIAM and that means we have to comply with standards set by the International Triathlon Union,” said Team M3X public relations officer Sandra Tong.

A safety buoy is a float, usually in a bright colour for visibility, which is strapped to a swimmer’s waist. Since the float is designed to ‘follow’ the swimmer, it does not affect or enhance buoyancy in any way, making it the perfect safety companion in swimming.

 

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