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August 10, 2013

Malta

ELT students injured rock jumping in Malta

blue-lagoon-malta.jpgThe PIE (Professionals in International Education) News site reports on a danger not normally associated with learning English in the Mediterranean.

A spate of injuries befalling English language students “rock-jumping” in Malta has raised safety concerns in the popular English language teaching destination, despite clear signs posted about the dangers of such activities, and re-focused the efforts of the ELT industry in safeguarding its clients.

Each year, thousands of young ELT students descend on the island of Malta to enjoy English language learning in a holiday environment, but the Times of Malta reports that eight people, including four ELT students, have suffered spinal injuries in July alone after jumping from high rocks in Cominotto, in the beautiful Blue Lagoon area of Malta.

“We’ve ended up like a cash-and-carry with the number of injured youngsters,” Emergency and Response Rescue Corps (ERRC) operations officer, Charles Micallef, told the Sunday Times of Malta.

Students aged 14, 15, 20 and 25 were among eight people known to have been injured by ERRC, which reported that some injuries sustained necessitated an operation.

Micallef urged tourist agencies to warn clients of the dangers of jumping into the sea, while pointing out that there is already a sign post on Cominotto warning of the dangers.

Francis Stivala, ELT Schools Representative on the Ministry of Education Monitoring Board, explained that the pro-active role of the board meant they had already been in touch with all schools to underline strict safety guidance following the incident, reinforcing advice given in a pre-season briefing.

Read the full story from The PIE News.

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