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Now toll free number 1554 for maritime help

Mangaluru: On strains of emergency numbers 100 and 108 for police and ambulance services, respectively, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) has introduced a toll loose helpline quantity 1554 for maritime help.
The ICG has come up with the service with a view of providing emergency maritime search and rescue help and higher accessibility, according to DIG Surendra Singh Dasila, commander, Coast Guard Karnataka.

The initiative comes close at the heels of a big boat tragedy and the mysterious disappearance of a boat within the coastal belt of Karnataka in less than two months.

Dasila told NewsTread that the toll loose quantity used to be already in place. The service has now got a fillip with two service suppliers – BSNL and Jio – approaching board for the aim. He stated the ICG has written to all service suppliers and more are most probably to enroll in within the close to long term.

“Just as you will have any other emergency quantity, 1554 connects the user with ICG. With this, we aim at achieving out to other people within the fastest imaginable time,” he stated. “We have shot letters to all service suppliers and are expecting positive responses from them quickly,” Dasila added.

Bolstering of the toll loose quantity assumes importance because the coastal belt noticed two main tragedies within the contemporary previous. On January 21, 15 other people died after a ferry carrying 33 devotees to Narasimha jatra in Kurmagad island capsized within the Kali river close to Karwar.

On December 15, a fishing boat named Suvarna Tribhuja, with eight fishermen on board, went missing off the Goa coast, two days after it left from Malpe Fishing Harbour. The remaining verbal exchange from the boat used to be on December 15.

Dasila, alternatively, clarified that the boat tragedy and the disappearance of the Suvarna Tribhuja had no position to play within the release of the quantity 1554, and that the initiative is a part of the ICG’s constant efforts towards providing higher services.

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