PALS RESCUE saves 176 lives this monsoon season
Karachi, August 08, 2019: Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS Rescue), the country’s only privately run, near-shore drowning prevention and rescue body has so far saved 176 people from drowning this monsoon season, thus preventing immeasurable tragedies from occurring for several families.
Apart from the lives saved, this humanitarian NGO has also carried out 565,550 preventive actions amidst extremely challenging weather conditions. Accordingly, PALS Rescue with its 250 lifeguards deployed along the various beaches along Karachi’s coastline, has not just saved 176 people from drowning but has also assisted in providing basic first aid to an estimated 193 beach visitors during these past three months, besides warning beachgoers in real time on the perils of entering the sea especially during the monsoon months. The beaches being patrolled by PALS Rescue include Sandspit, Hawkes Bay, French Beach, Sunehra, Kanupp Point, and Mubarak Village.
“Having well-guarded beaches is the basic right of the citizens and we ensure that this service is provided unhindered by our NGO, free of cost,” Syed Muhammad Ahsan, Chief Administrator of Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS Rescue), “Our lifeguards have to be very vigilant during the monsoon season so as to avoid any unforeseen events and there is a dire need to expand our services, something that is highly dependent on fund generation and we appeal to all citizens, to organisations and especially to the corporate sector to come forward with donations to keep the service going. A life lost due to drowning is a tragedy of incalculable proportions, destroying families’ soul forever.”
Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS Rescue) was founded as an NGO in July 2004 out of the sheer necessity to commence a free service that would provide life-saving facilities at the beaches of Karachi. It now employs more than 250 highly trained lifeguards representing the fishing community while the demand for their services doubles during the monsoon season. Till date, the organisation has employed more than 1,000 lifeguards and saved over 5,500 lives, and provides protection to 8 million beach visitors on an annual basis.
About PALS Rescue:
Pakistan Life Saving Foundation (PALS Rescue) is a registered NGO, with international accreditation, established in 2004 for the purpose of providing life-saving services along the beaches of Karachi, as a free public service. PALS Rescue is the only privately run near shore water safety, drowning prevention and rescue organisation in Pakistan. It has successfully created a safe environment on the beaches and coastline, through a combination of lifeguard patrols, education, training, public safety campaigns and the promotion of health and fitness.
Since its inception PALS Rescue has saved almost 5,500 people from drowning along Karachi’s beaches. It has also conducted over 7,000,000 preventive actions and has provided first-aid to over 6,000 people. Its presence along Karachi’s beaches provides protection to over 8,000,000 beach visitors every year. Since 2004, PALS Rescue has been able to maintain a ‘near zero’ drowning rate, which is a direct result of the efforts of a highly trained lifeguard service that has ensured safety for the public. PALS Rescue represents Pakistan at the International Life Saving Federation (ILS) as a Full Member and is also closely associated with Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). It also has a membership at the Royal Lifesaving Society (RLSS), UK.
PALS Rescue relies on public and institutional donations and sponsorships for meeting its operational expenses.