Local News for Wednesday 27th June 2018
New standard water safety app agreed
A new tracking and alerting system has been adopted to improve safety at sea by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). The two major water safety bodies today join forces to reveal RYA SafeTrx as HM Coastguard’s new official voluntary safety identification scheme. The app is designed to improve safety at sea, monitoring boat journeys and alerting emergency contacts if you fail to arrive on time. The system uses iPhone and Android to help improve safety for everyone who enjoys being on the water – from kitesurfers and kayakers to dinghy sailors and powerboat users. It tracks progress and alerts emergency services if there’s a problem, making a 999 call to the Coastguard at the touch of a button. The app can be used free of charge in UK territorial waters and has already been adopted by maritime search and rescue agencies in countries including Ireland, Spain, South Africa and Australia. Coastguard director Richard Parkes said: “When we receive an emergency call we need a huge amount of information fast. This app helps us access all your details, so that you can get a swifter response with the right resources.” RYA SafeTrx is free to download from app stores.