Image: Children on the cockpit of the hovercraft.
Kolkata: A group of 19 boys and girls belonging to the fishermen community today got a unique experience of boarding a hovercraft and venturing into the waters that their father sails on boat for livelihood.
The Indian Coast Guard had organised the ‘Day at Sea’ event for the children at Frazerganj in South 24-Parganas. Frazerganj is a famous fishing hamlet on the banks on the Bay of Bengal. The hovercraft, that the children board and travelled in, was brought in from the Coast Guard’s regional base at Haldia in East Midnapore.
The children also got an opportunity to be in the cockpit area and witness the pilots operating various apparatus attached to the hovercraft. They were familiarised with various lifesaving and safety equipment.
Inspector general Kuldeep Singh Sheoran, Coast Guard commander at the Kolkata-based regional headquarters (north-east), said that the initiative was part of an outreach programme aimed at raising awareness on coastal security.
‘We have to take the fishing community on board if we want to be effective. They need to be sensitised on the role that they can play and be reminded that their families stand to benefit if the coastal areas are safe,’ he said.