New APP Will Help Avoid Tragedies on the Beach During the Busy Holidays

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The initiative is an attempt to reduce the number of people who lose their lives on the beaches during vacations.

Three Costa Rican institutions joined forces to launch a campaign with which to put the shoulder to the vacationers during the Easter holidays.

The initiative is an attempt to reduce the number of people who lose their lives on the beaches during the holidays, so ICT is betting on technology to keep tourists informed and prevent tragedies through the Mio-Cimar app.

The campaign was launched on Wednesday in coordination with the Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology (Cimar) and the Red Cross, which also aims to prevent people traveling to the coasts during the next days from bad experiences.

By means of the update of the application, which is free, vacationers who download the tool will have information about the weather, waves and even surf currents of the beaches they visit.

Users can consult data of the beach of interest, the weather forecast and read comments that indicate the recommendations they should have if they decide to go to sea.

The tool offers a forecast of up to seven days ahead, since the idea is that tourists can use it to plan trips in advance and thus know which beaches are suitable for bathing and which are more dangerous. These forecasts are divided into categories and colors (green, yellow and red) that communicate the levels of precaution that bathers should have.

The data of the application is updated every six hours automatically so that users have accurate data. The app can be configured in Spanish or English so that it can be used by nationals and foreigners.

María Amalia Revelo, Minister of Tourism, said the tool allows people to review sea conditions from their cell phones.

“The deaths by immersion have touched us and we are concerned because they not only affect our boys, but also foreign tourists and that is why since the beginning of the administration we have been looking for solutions to reduce the number of deaths.

“We are using technology precisely to reach those nine million telephone lines that are in Costa Rica and of course to external tourists who visit us and who can also download the application,” he said.

Revelo said there will also be an advertising campaign called “Let’s return safely to the shore,” which will be released in mass media and social networks to reach young people. In this, a survivor of a water accident tells his story.

129 people drowned last year

“We are using technology precisely to reach those nine million telephone lines that are in Costa Rica and of course to external tourists who visit us and who can also download the application,” he said.

Revelo said there will also be an advertising campaign called “Let’s return safely to the shore,” which will be released in mass media and social networks to reach young people. In this, a survivor of a water accident tells his story.

The secret is prevention

Glauco Quesada, president of the Red Cross, said that year after year they do prevention campaigns to warn bathers and that they avoid putting themselves in danger.

Quesada also mentioned that for the next week it is expected that there will be about a thousand trained people taking care of the different national beaches.

On this subject, Carlos Herrera, National Head of Prehospital Care of the Red Cross, commented that the work of the lifeguards is exhausting during these dates.

“They do not attend only emergencies, they also dedicate themselves to marking the areas of the most dangerous beaches, giving advice to bathers and giving out fliers to vacationers with prevention measures, among other things.

APP Will Help Avoid Tragedies on the Beach During the Busy Holidays

On Wednesday the presis of the ICT and the Red Cross signed an agreement whereby the beaches of Manuel Antonio, Ballena, Cocles and Manzanillo, which are some of those with the most water accidents, will be reinforced with 20 lifeguards. The investment is for 150 million colones.

APP Will Help Avoid Tragedies on the Beach During the Busy Holidays

In addition, the ICT will include in its budgets from 2020 to 2022, the sum of half a million dollars (more than ¢ 300 million) annually in order to establish a lifesaving program on the most dangerous beaches in the country, which will be defined Based on statistics from the Judicial Investigation Agency, academic studies, the experience of the Red Cross and punctual efforts of local governments to find a solution to this issue.

APP Will Help Avoid Tragedies on the Beach During the Busy Holidays

This is one of the images that the campaign will use. Photo: ICT.

According to data from the OIJ, half of the people who lost their lives drowned during 2018 did so during weekends. Between 2010 and 2015 for this same cause, 610 lives were lost. Seven out of ten drowned are Costa Rican and eight out of ten are men.

 

Source: lateja