Expensive buoy device still missing, search intensified in Kerala’s northern coast

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Kasaragod: The National Institute of Ocean Technology which had placed a data buoy for recording and monitoring conditions of seas and oceans, went missing from Arabian sea and authorities under Ministry of Earth Sciences have intensified search on Kerala’s northern coast.

The wave rider buoy placed near Lakshadweep in Arabian sea is missing for the past few days but according to unconfirmed reports the buoy is missing since months. The incident came to light when weather station stopped receiving communication. It is learnt that sensors of the device have been damaged and the buoy is floating.

Incidentally, a social media post of a fisherman from Malappuram’s Tanur showcased Malayalam-speaking people standing over the buoy-like device in sea. The people are reportedly fishermen and out of curiosity they climbed over the device. Authorities alerted three coastal police stations in Parappanangadi, Elathur and Chaliyam. However, it is learnt that the buoy is still untraceable.

The search for the buoy is continuing in the Malabar coastal stretch of Kerala. The authorities have sought the help of fishermen in the region to trace the expensive buoy. Similarly, earth science officials from Chennai have arrived to locate the missing buoy.

Data buoy is very expensive. The instrument is placed to receive cyclone and tsunami alerts and other weather updates. It can record, monitor and send information to weather station. Along with sensors they have solar panels which ensures power for the functioning of the device.

Meanwhile, buoys are placed in such a way that it can float. However, they will be anchored using chains or nylon ropes so that it does not drift away from the place.

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