|Title||Role of the Waterway Police in child drowning prevention|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Conference Name||World Conference on Drowning Prevention|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||Danang, Vietnam|
Viet Nam has a coast line of 3,260 km and 2360 rivers. Waterway transportation plays an important role in the national economy. However, at present, nearly 80% of means of waterway transportation have not registered for safety checking and 80% of boat drivers have not obtained a licence. From 2005–2008, there were 928 waterway accidents that killed 683 passengers, injured 101 people and damaged 789 boats and ferries.
The Waterway Police under the Ministry of Public Security has a role in enforcing all waterway related regulations and laws. In the past few years, the waterway police have the role of: (i) Maintaining a surveillance of waterway related accidents in conjunction with authorities at different levels, military and defense forces; and (ii) Enforcing all waterway related regulations through monitoring and communication.
The Waterway Police has some initiatives to further strengthen waterway safety, for example: 2010 Writing Competition on Waterway Safety and Drowning Prevention with the participation of 32 localities and the initiative of “Self-Managed Groups in which local people organized themselves to promote Waterway Safety, especially children when going to school in some provinces.
In the coming years, the Waterway Police will continue to implement its responsibilities as one member ministry which signed the inter-sectoral plan on child drowning prevention with a stronger role in enforcing waterway safety regulations.