|GPS may have saved lives in Gao Cyclone.|
|by Roxanne McManus on December 15, 2009 782 views
In the wake of the tragic Cyclone Phyan, many residents of Goa with loved ones working in the fishing industry are mourning the loss of 67 fisherman. These men lost their lives during the storm, in part due to loss of bearing and were overwhelmed by the horrible weather.
The Goa government is considering making global positioning system (GPS) a compulsory fitting on board some 1200 trawling vessels. "The state fisheries department had sent a proposal to the central government for the same", Fisheries Minister Joaquim Alemao said during the winter session of the Goa legislative assembly Tuesday.
To add insult to injury "families of several deceased fishermen had still not received compensation from the state government and from insurance agencies", says the Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar.