Mangaluru, Jan 30, 2015: One of the two Hovercrafts which had arrived in Panambur recently to boost the surveillance operations of the Coast Guard, was on January 29, Thursday damaged after it crashed against an acacia tree just before it could enter the water for surveillance purposes.
Both Hovercraft 196 and Hovercraft 198 had been inaugurated by the State Governor recently and are anchored close by the Coast Guard Headquarters at Panambur. However on Thursday morning while it was heading towards the sea the vehicle has hit an acacia tree.
What is surprising is that the Hovercraft had come closer to the trees though there was abundant space for its movement in the area. The suspicion is that some inexperienced person might have chosen to drive it towards the sea.
The rubber tube and the outer deck of the Hovercraft has been damaged and the loss has been estimated at over Rs one crore.
Even media personnel were not permitted to visit the site of the Mishap. No complaint has been lodged in this regard.