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Distress alert system to boost coastal security

mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2011 01:08 IST

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As part of its measures to boost the coastal security, the Coast Guard distributed distress alert transmission systems (DATS) to fishermen on Monday.

The distribution was carried out at the programme organised by the Coast Guard in coordination with the department of fisheries at its regional headquarters in Worli.

The system is an indigenous equipment designed by ISRO to give real time information of distress alert or any security breach such as hijacking or terror attack in the sea.

Representatives of nearly 30 fishing associations from Mumbai and adjoining areas were present on the occasion. Along with the Coast Guard officers, officials from the state police, fisheries and home department, attended the function.

A practical demonstration of DATS equipment was conducted for the fishermen.

Once the alarm button is pressed to indicate blast or explosion, the signal is captured by the satellite and further relayed to the Coast Guard Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre in Chennai.

The centre, within two minutes, relays the incident to Mumbai indicating the position and other details. The Mumbai centre, in turn, directs the Coast Guard ships at sea to head towards the location of distress and render assistance.

Authorities emphasised on the importance of sensitisation of fishermen from city and lauded their contribution towards the coastal security.

The system is being provided for free to strengthen the coastal security network and aid the fishermen, the press release said.

Commander Coast Guard Region (West) inspector general, SPS Basra, addressed the meeting.