Indian Coast Guard conducted Regional Level Search and Rescue Exercise
(Re-SAREX 2020) during 22 – 23 Jan 2020 to check preparedness and response of stakeholders during search and rescue at sea in a coordinated manner. The event started with workshop and table top exercise on 22 Jan, followed by simulated exercises at sea on 23 Jan.
Two rescue exercises simulating aircraft crash at sea and fire onboard fishing boat were planned and coordinated witnessing response by 06 ICG ships, 02 ICG aircraft, 01 Indian Air Force MI-17 helicopter, 01 Naval ship and 01 Marine Police boat. Procedures of distress communication mechanism, rescue techniques, fire fighting and rescue capabilities of Indian resource agencies besides commitment to safety of life in distress at sea were controlled from Maritime Rescue Sub Center (MRSC) Porbandar.
Inspector General Rakesh Pal PTM TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (NW), Gandhinagar reviewed the event. Delegates from Indian Navy, Port authorities, Fisheries department, ISRO, district administration, Disaster management, VTMS and Marine Police participated. During the workshop, matters relating to Maritime Search and Rescue were deliberated towards robust mechanism.
Reviewing officer steered the discussion of multi-dimensional issue of maritime search and rescue reiterating regular interaction and coordination amongst stakeholders to gain synergized efforts and confidence amongst the sea farers in ensuring safety of life at sea.