Mangaluru, May 16, 2016: Official reports stress that a well marked low pressure area is in formation over equatorial Indian Ocean and adjoining South-West Bay of Bengal. The system is likely to intensify further and concentrate into a deep depression during next 24 hours. Under its influence, the sea and general weather conditions are likely to turn critical.
MRSC, Maritime Rescue Sub Centre, Mangaluru functioning under Coast Guard Karnataka HQ, has requested all DCs, deputy commissioners of coastal districts, fisheries department, ports, CSP, Customs to disseminate the weather warning to all coastal population including fishermen. Fisheries department have been requested to recall all the boats operating at sea and advise fishermen not to venture into sea for next 48 hours.
District administrations have been requested to inform tourist operators at beaches to heed to the weather warning, place adequate lifeguards, life saving appliances and have regular announcement of weather warning at beaches.
CSP and Customs have been requested to direct fishermen operating at sea to return harbour. Regular VHF broadcast of weather warning is being undertaken by Coast Guard through Remote Operating Station, Mangaluru and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ships at sea.
All ICG ships at harbour are kept on stand by for possible SAR, Search and Rescue operation. Port authorities have been requested not to allow dhows to venture into sea and also to initiate necessary safety precautions for vessels at anchorage.
It may be pertinent to add that all people along the coastal areas be alert and provide them selves to meet any danger / emergency situation. This is a critical time.