Mobile App ‘SARAT’ for Rescue Operations launched in New Delhi
The Chairman, National Maritime Search and Rescue (NMSAR) Board and Director General Indian Coast Guard, Rajendra Singh launched the Mobile App – SARAT at the XVIth NMSAR Board Meeting held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 10 July, 2017.
The SARAT Mobile App is a highly versatile tool developed by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad (an autonomous agency under Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India). The App can assist with searching for over 64 types of missing ‘objects’ including boats, ships, man-over-board etc. and will be available for download from the Google Play Store.
Conducting search and rescue operations at sea is extremely challenging and can be compared to the proverbial search for a needle in a haystack. Typically search and rescue operations are most frequent during bad weather over the high seas, when fisher folk inadvertently venture out and their vessels capsize etc.
The SARAT system earlier released in its web version, last year, mainly enables the Indian Coast Guard, Navy and Coastal Security Police to minimize search-time during their various operations to minimize loss of life, injury, and property damage. However, in such exigencies, quick action is vital and hence this Mobile App has been developed to make this system conveniently available to all.