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Underwater training for RAF

The Kolkata Police have decided to impart underwater training to the Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel in collaboration with the Sea Explorer's Institute.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2003 10:47 IST

The Kolkata Police have decided to impart underwater training to the Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel in collaboration with the Sea Explorer's Institute.

"The training would lead to more effective use of RAF during certain exigencies like rescuing drowned passengers of a vehicle capsized in a pond or ditch, extend help for the marooned in flood," a Deputy Commissioner of Kolkata police, not wishing to be named, said here today.

Four RAF personnel had been selected for the training by professionals of the Sea Explorers' Institute and the training would take place at Subhas Sarovar, Siuli Chatterjee of the institute said.

She said the training was supposed to commence from May last, "but could not take place due to a problem."

"With that problem sorted out, we expect to commence the training soon and will decide how long it will continue after evaluating the process a couple of days after its commencement," Chatterjee said.

The four, to be trained, had been picked from a batch of 15 RAF men after assessing their physical endurance for underwater conditions.

Asked whether there was any possibility of training another RAF batch in future, she said it depended on the success of the present project.

The training could lighten pressure off divers from port trust who used to be requisitioned for search and rescue operations after major accidents in water.

Sea Explorers Institute had in the past imparted training to security personnel from other states and the civil defence department here.