Coast Guard trains fisherfolk

Coast Guard trains fisherfolk
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Indian Coast Guard, the nodal agency to undertake coordinate search and rescue in the Indian region, interacted with the local fishermen here on Wednesday. One of the mandated duties of the force is to provide protection to fishermen, including assistance to them at sea while in distress.

Visakhapatnam: Indian Coast Guard, the nodal agency to undertake coordinate search and rescue in the Indian region, interacted with the local fishermen here on Wednesday. One of the mandated duties of the force is to provide protection to fishermen, including assistance to them at sea while in distress.

After the 61-day fishing ban period over the east coast was lifted on Wednesday night, the headquarters of Indian Coast Guard (AP) initiated a drive to conduct special community interaction programme in fishing villages off Andhra Coast for the benefit of the fishermen.

The fishermen were educated about various aspects, particularly about their own safety at sea and utilisation of distress alert transmitters in emergency. The Commander, Coast Guard Headquarters (Andhra Pradesh), Visakhapatnam Deputy Inspector General, AK Harbola, said the Indian Coast Guard units located in Andhra Pradesh had achieved a milestone by conducting 110 such community interactions during the fishing ban period along with Navy, Marine Police and state fisheries authorities.

Last year 100 such interactions were conducted by the Coast Guard, the Commander said. The Coast Guard has also planned to conduct yoga camp for fishermen on June 21 and awareness on drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

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