Indian Coast Guard has saved over 10,000 lives at sea since its inception. Speaking at National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB) meeting in New Delhi, Director General, Indian Coast Guard K Natarajan informed this.
Deliberations are also being held on various maritime safety issues and identifying areas of improvement of Search and Rescue services. Other speakers at the meet also reiterated the need to focus on sustainable maritime safety in Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Indian Coast Guard is country’s nodal agency for Maritime Search and Rescue since its inception in 1978. CG has established three Maritime Rescue Coordination centers at Chennai, Mumbai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands and developed voluntary ship reporting system INDSAR (Indian Ship Reporting System) to divert ship nearest to site of incident for immediate Search and Rescue (SAR) assistance.