Zero Iaulualo, head of the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) pictured here is inviting the public out to a big swim event called ‘Swim A Mile To Save A Life’ (Auau Le Maila Ia Sefe Ai Le Ola) that will be put on by the ASAA tomorrow morning at the Utulei Beach Park starting at 8:00 a.m. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) will be holding a big swim event called ‘Swim A Mile To Save A Life’ (Auau Le Maila Ia Sefe Ai Le Ola) tomorrow morning starting at 9:00 a.m. at Utulei Beach park with members of the ASAA making a one mile swim.

“The sole purpose of this swim is to raise awareness on keeping the ocean clean and the importance of learning how to swim, that by doing so, you can not only save someone’s life, but yours as well,” said head of the ASAA, Zero Iaulualo. “I invite the public out to this big event, which will be starting at 9:00 a.m. We really need to start cleaning up our backyard, which is our ocean. We see it, drive by it, take our kids to it, eat from it and look at it everyday, but people continue to keep throwing things in the waters around us that should not be there.”

“It is so important that we take care of the ocean, because if we do, it will take care of us,” he said.

“The swim will be a one mile swim and will be done by members of the ASAA. We are also trying to express the importance of learning how to swim. The main reason why people drown is because they do not know how to swim. I see so many people at the Utulei Beach Park and I am always wondering if they know how to swim. If you are running or walking on the road and you get tired, you can sit in the shade and rest. But if you are in deep water and you get tired, what are you going to do if you can’t swim. I know that there will be a lot people out at  Utulei Beach Park, due to it being New Year’s Eve, and I hope they will come on down to where will be, and cheer us on. I invite everyone,” concluded Iaulualo.

The ASAA has been cleaning up Utulei Beach Park since last month as part of the Division of Marine Wildlife Resources (DMWR) plan to clean up the waters around American Samoa.

Last November, the ASAA requested that Utulei Beach Park be put on first priority as one of the places to be cleaned. The ASAA has jump-started the project and has removed close to 1,000 pounds of trash from the water at the park.


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