The State Small Vessels Inspectorate’s specialists continue patrolling waterways, despite ending of the swimming season. Lots of fishers come to rivers and lakes right now, and boat owners strive to use their equipment before the navigation season ends, which requires inspectors to supervise waterways.
Waterways safety is the most important task for the SSVI’s specialists. Inspectors take popular fishing places under special control to prevent disasters on waterways during autumn.
Recently, SSVI’s inspectors rescued 2 residents of Saratov, who drifted on a rubber boat. The fishers were not able to reach the bank because of strong wind on Volga River and they had only one oar. The boat with people on board was successfully delivered to the bank.
A family with child required the SSVI’s aid in Irkutsk Region the other day. Their boat stalled when they navigated towards the Narym Island up the Angara River to gather mushrooms. A man decided to call for the SSVI for assistance, as he would have to oar 8 kilometers against the current. The SSVI’s specialists delivered the boat with the family on board to the nearest boating station. The inspectors pointed out that disobeying safety and exploitation rules endangered the lives of people on board.
Inspectors instruct the fishers and navigators during the patrols. They remind people to check the equipment before going into the water. They also recommend to always check weather forecasts, always be careful and inform the relatives about the route and when you are planning to return.