Outdoor safety education bill pending approval by the governor

Senator Kelly Marsh (Taitano) (PNC file photo)

After recent incidents of hikers getting lost or injured, a bill by Senator Kelly Marsh (Taitano) intends to create an educational program about outdoor safety.

Bill 241-35 aims to establish an educational campaign to teach residents and visitors about hiking and water safety to prevent future injuries or deaths.

Through federal funding, this would involve school lessons for students and installing signs identifying hazards such as rip currents and flash floods.

Following the tragic death of 18-year-old Ryo Eda after his weekend dive around the Marbo Cave area, she says that this legislation is all the more important.

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“We’ve had numerous people — four military folks, a young boy. We’ve had a young man who was at the beginning of his life. We people who have been lost or have had to be rescued or even lost their life. I really feel like these are lessons for us. As a government, we really need to do what we can to safeguard our community and make sure we are minimizing or trying to stop as much of this as possible,” the senator said.

The Legislature passed the bill last week and is now awaiting the Governor’s approval to pass it into law.