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GPS to assist in coastal protection measures

Kozhikode: With the trawling ban coming into effect, fishermen in the district are attending the training classes conducted by the fisheries department on proper use of sea kits. The sea kit comprises GPS-enabled search and rescue beacon, first-aid box, life buoy, survival rations, heliograph, radar reflector, emergency flashlight, jack knife, cans and a mariner’s compass.

The classes are being conducted through the Matsya Bhavan offices at Vellayil, Challiyam, Vadakara and Koyilandy. T P Prabhakaran, Mathsya Bhavan officer informed that the GPS-enabled beacon will send distress signals to the regional centre of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) at the time of emergencies.

“These signals will be then redirected to the nearby office of the coast guard, which will launch the rescue operations,” he said. The survival ration has vitamin biscuits that will help fishermen to stay alive for a few days,” he said.

The safety kits are being distributed as part of the coastal protection measures of the state government. The lifesaving equipment is being distributed through the financial assistance ofTsunami Emergency Assistance Project, Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and Tsunami Rehabilitation Project.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kozhikode/Fisherfolk-get-lessons-on-hi-tech-kits/articleshow/14164580.cms

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