13 Jun '11, 12pm

Our reader asks MCYS and the S'pore Sports Council why there are no lightning alert systems at swimming pools.

I AM a physical education teacher in a primary school. Not long ago, my school organised a SwimSafer programme for the pupils at Clementi Swimming Complex. During one of the sessions, I received a lightning risk alert from the National Environment Agency on my phone. I immediately stopped the session and got all the children out of the pool. After about 10 minutes, one of the group instructors got impatient and resumed training without my clearance. When I approached him, he told me that the lifeguards at the pool had informed him that it was all right to continue swimming. He even pointed out that many other people were still in the water. I am puzzled as to why swimming pools here do not have a lightning alert system. Lifeguards take action only when there is visible lightning or heavy rain. One life lost is one too many. Must we be reminded that lightning can strike eve...

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