A team has been formed to avoid drowning fatalities.
After a dozen drownings on Marina Beach in the last 50 days, authorities plan to put up a lifeguard team to avoid any further drowning deaths.
On Thursday, C. Sylendra Babu, Director General of Police, met with officials from the Greater Chennai City Police, Greater Chennai Corporation, Coastal Security Group, Fire and Rescue Services, and other agencies to plan the establishment of the Marina Beach Life Guard Unit.
Coastal Security Group is a private security firm based in the United.
The Special Unit’s directing officer will be the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) from the Coastal Security Group. Officials reviewed the responsibilities that various agencies would play, the equipment needed for preventative measures, other resources that will be deployed, and the organization of the unit during the meeting.
“Marina beach is not appropriate for water enjoyment,” CSG ADGP Sandeep Mittal told The Hindu. The beach has a fairly steep contour, and the currents may be quite dangerous due to the unusual geography, and even the greatest swimmers may not be able to survive at times.”
“Every year, on average, 100 persons drown, the majority of them are between the ages of 21 and 24.” The majority of them enter the sea as a result of peer pressure. “We’ve asked the Director of the National Institute of Ocean Technology to undertake a feasibility analysis of the beach and identify any potentially hazardous places,” he stated.
Personnel from the Coastal Security Group (CSG) and Fire and Rescue Services will make up the lifeguard team, led by a Coast Guard Inspector. A dozen anglers will also be part of the unit on a contract basis.
On the beach, five watchtowers will be placed and warning boards in various locations. The unit will be accompanied by two 108 ambulance vehicles. Following life-saving skills and swimming training, up to 50 police constables from the Armed Reserve unit will be deployed.