Mangaluru, May 30, 2018: During the recent downpour at Mangalore, Coast Guard Karnataka has pressed itself into the service of the coastal populace with full vigor.
There were incessant rains and strong winds during the past 48 hours and the city of Mangalore came to standstill with traffic chaos and flooding of low lying areas. Coast Guard Karnataka undertook swift actions for assistance of the needy both at land as well as sea.
At sea, the weather conditions were rough accompanied by squalls and heavy rains. Coast Guard Karnataka coordinated safe beaching of 33 fishermen including 10 crew of a Tamil Nadu fishing boat. The boat was guided to safely enter New Mangalore Port.
Continuous search is on for the 02 missing fishermen of fishing boat Angel-1 off Karwar coast. Besides 02 ships, a Dornier aircraft has been pressed into service. The defect rectification of another fishing boat Angel-2 was completed and the boat has been making headway towards Malpe harbour with 04 fishermen. Coast Guard ship C-420 provided fresh water, provisions and first aid to the boat.
Coast Guard Karnataka team has also been helping the coastal populace in draining away the flooded waters. Ration, provisions and first-aid is being continuously provided to the needy. The Coast Guard team visited Kottara Chowki, Gurudwara Area, Manadi Estate, Kodical and Kuloor.
Deputy Inspector General SS Dasila, TM, Commander Coast Guard Karnataka is himself monitoring the situation from the Operations Room. The Commander said, “Every life is precious. Our teams will leave no stone unturned for ensuring the safety and security at sea and on land. We are in total sync with State and District Administration of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Coast Guard Station Karwar to render assistance for the service of the people of Karnataka”. The support of State and District Administration has helped in creating comradeship for the joint efforts that resulted in rescue of lives.
On this occasion, a special CIP (Community Interaction Programme) was conducted by Coast Guard Karnataka at Sasihithlu, near Surathkal to advise the fishermen about the upcoming fishing ban, precautions to be taken at sea, survival at sea, importance of buddy system during fishing and contacting Coast Guard for immediate rescue.