During February and March the Korea Coast Guard undertook familiarisation training on their new BHT hovercraft. The training was to improve search and rescue capabilities of large scale disasters around the five islands of the West Sea.
B.D. Yoon, Superintendent of Inchon Korea Coast Guard was on
board the hovercraft and carried out the training. He directed the
crew to prepare for potential large scale disasters around the
islands of BaekRyung-Do and YeonPyoung-Do and ordered the complete
emergency response training for all crew on hovercraft H-09.
Following on from the training Superintendent Yoon visited the safety centres at BaekRyung-DaeChung and YeonPyoung where he was briefed about the current maritime security situation and asked staff to focus on ensuring the safety of fisherman.
Superintendent Yoon said "We will strive to protect our people by repeated emergency response training for hovercraft in case of big disasters in five islands in the West Sea. We will do our best to protect our people and to maintain sovereignty in the sea.''
Of the eight hovercraft owned by the Korea Coast Guard H-09 is the biggest, with a crew of 12 and capable of carrying 188 passengers, the craft can travel at speeds in excess of 40 knots with a 1m obstacle clearance.