Marine search and rescue around the Sister-Isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique is of deep interest to the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF).
The men and women in uniform, as part of Police Week of activities, saw it fitting to launch one of their most important projects for the Sister-Isles.
The Blue Project, in its 1st Phase, and costing E.C $78,900.00 will engage the boatmen of Carriacou and Petite Martinique in Marine Search and Rescue training.
The objective of the Blue Project is to bring into sharp focus the predicament of an industrious populace who are faced with the daily perils of the sea, and to design and implement a proper, sustainable time sensitive structure for the inevitable search and rescue events.
According to Officer in Charge of the Northern Division, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Damion Lee, the project which is divided into 2 phases is intended to bring relief to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique especially those who use the sea quite often.
He said the project is designed to reflect not only the outcome of Police Week, but also the national security agenda.
The Blue Project is sponsored by Business Owners on the Sister-Isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Government of Grenada, United Nations Development Project (UNDP) as well as Local Boatmen.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Bernadette Lendore-Sylvester, in emphasizing on Government’s Commitment to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, encouraged the boatmen to take the training very seriously as it will result in the saving of not only their lives, but others too.
She stated that the Blue Project will mean a lot to the Sister-Isles in terms of both long passed and recent sea tragedies in local waters which resulted in the loss of many lives.
The 1st phase of the Blue Project is expected to last for the next two (2) weeks.