Hovercrafts have been deployed round-the-clock throughout the mela area, he said, adding that amphibious crafts facilitate smooth execution of search and rescue operations and security cover over land and riverine route.
A life-saving rapid action team comprising divers with rubber gemini boats has also been deployed at the mela site to thwart any threat emanating from the sea or to save people from drowning in case of any exigency.
For enhanced safety and security, aerial cover by helicopters onboard advanced offshore patrol vessels, deployed off Sagar Island, and regular sorties by Dornier aircraft have been provided, he said.
The Coast Guard operations centre at Haldia is in continuous contact with its assets deployed at sea for effective coordination with various stakeholders and state security agencies, the official said.
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