A student’s drone helped rescue fishermen who were stranded mid-sea
Bengaluru: The power of youth came to the fore as a drone employed by a youth came as a godsend to locate fishermen who were stranded mid-sea, all thanks to their vessel which capsized in rough sea of Thalikkualm in Thrissur, Kerala, as reported by The New Indian Express.
The helpful youth is 19-year-old Devang Subil, a second year BTech student of Christ University, Bengaluru, who is also a freelance photographer, came to know about the mishap around 10 am.
When he came to know about the issue, he sought permission from relevant authorities to use his drone. After due permission which took him an hour or so, he cruised into the sea in search of the missing fishermen armed with his drone.
The website adds, “When I informed them about the technical assistance I could render to the rescue team, the fishermen on the coast took the initiative and they took me to the sea in their boat. When the boat reached around 11 nautical miles away from the coast, I pressed the drone and within 10 minutes I could find one man who was floating in the sea clinging on to a fishing pot, in my mobile phone display. The fishermen and coastal police then took the boat near to him and we could spot two other fishermen 200 m away from where the first man was found. It took some time to find the fourth fishermen as he was swimming close to shore after the accident. One fisherman was about to drown when I spotted him as his swimming skill was poor. Soon after he was rescued, he lost consciousness,” he said.
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Last Updated Jan 6, 2021, 4:45 PM IST