After a delay of about a year due to delivery problems, the water rescue service has now received a new boat with jet propulsion and integrated sonar and radar systems. This will allow the volunteers to work more safely and safely during rescue operations in the future.
Because of the jet propulsion, the boat has a draft of only about 30 to 40 centimeters. The water rescuers can now search the entire Salzach even when the water level is low, says Johann Biechl, local head of the water rescue service in the city of Salzburg.
“This enables a much faster search for people. We can put the boat in the water and it is then immediately ready for the search for people. The sonar is permanently installed and we don’t have to plug or screw anything together. The device WILL turn on and work. This allows for a faster search.”
“Radar should avoid collisions in poor visibility”
In addition to the permanently installed sonar device for searching under water, the new boat also has a radar system, adds Biechl. “In this way, we can not only quickly identify possible objects floating on the Salzach, but also people. In addition, the radar can also locate other boats, which is particularly important when visibility is poor in order to avoid possible collisions, for example with other boats. This is also important on lakes when visibility is poor.”
The new boat, which costs 150,000 euros, was financed by the city of Salzburg with a special budget. The new boat has already been used, namely during a search operation in Pinzgau in mid-September. In total, the water rescue service in the province of Salzburg was deployed 305 times today, with a total of around 5,000 hours of operation.
New, modern boat for water rescue
After a delay of about a year due to delivery problems, the water rescue service has now received a new boat with jet propulsion and integrated sonar and radar systems.