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Foolproof beach safety system to be in place in a month

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SECURITY ON THE ANVIL: Youth taking a dip in the sea off Vambakeerapalayam. —
SECURITY ON THE ANVIL: Youth taking a dip in the sea off Vambakeerapalayam. —

Rajesh B. Nair

Fisherfolk to be trained in life-saving skills

PUDUCHERRY: The Tourism Department is mulling over the prospects of seeking the services of a professional agency to establish a foolproof beach security system in certain pockets of the coastal area.

As many as five students, two of them on October 3, drowned in the sea close to Paradise Island and Chunnambar Boat House in the past six months while taking bath, according to Thavalakuppam police.

To prevent recurrence of such incidents, the Department plans to enlist the services of Rashtriya Life Saving Society (RLSS), a charitable organisation, to train volunteers in life saving skills.

The Director of Tourism Department, L. Mohamed Mansoor, told The Hindu that the beach safety system would be in place at the Paradise Island, Veerampattinam, Manapet and Kalapet in a month.

Besides training persons from fishermen families in life saving skills, the RLSS would also supply gadgets to rescue the stranded persons while having a dip in the sea. “We have purchased gadgets worth Rs. 1 lakh,” he said. As per the advice of RLSS, safe areas to swim would be identified with flag masts and deploying buoys. The location of the masts and the buoys would be shifted every now and then according to the pattern of water current, he said.

The department would also consider creating awareness of the dangers in venturing into the sea without proper training, among school and college students.

The police said most of the victims were under the influence of alcohol.

They had met with their end as they defied the warning of the locals, the police added.

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