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The Ko Samui Hospital is currently holding a workshop to teach children how to swim, in a bid to prevent deaths from drowning.
The 3-day event, which is being attended by 80 children, is a collaboration between the hospital and the Municipality of Samui.
The officials stated that only 23.7% of Thai children can swim and only 4.4% of the child population can save themselves from drowning. They said swimming is an extremely important survival skill, citing the fact that Samui is a tourism island that relies heavily on marine transportation.
According to the website swimsafe.org, the estimated number of child drowning deaths per year in Thailand is above 2,600, which is equivalent to seven children’s deaths from drowning every day.