Alappuzha: Two students of Carmel Academy High School in Alappuzha, Malavika Brijith and Aiswariya Biju, shared innovative ideas promoting safety of boat passengers. They shared their ideas at Alappuzha Revenue Science Festival. Their innovative idea could help counter the disastrous loss of life when boats develop leaks or catch fire.
The students developed a system in which if a boat gets a leak and water rushes in, a censor will detect it and will set off an alarm. After that air bags attached to the sides of the boat will be filled with air from a compressor. This will help the boat stay afloat even if water begins to enter.
They have also developed a system to ensure that the passengers in the boat are safe in case of a fire emergency. Once a fire starts in the boat, the smoke of the fire will be picked up by a censor and will set off an alarm. Water will be sprayed through the pipes placed on top of the boat which will help extinguish the fire.
Malavika Brijith and Aiswariya Biju said that they came up with these innovative ideas for boat safety after realizing that there is an increase of such boat accidents in the state. Their teachers Nancy and Mintu supported the students to develop their life saving ideas.
Kerala, which is home to backwaters, lakes, and rivers, has witnessed many devastating boat accidents. Many lives have been lost due to such tragedy. In May of this year, a tourist boat capsized at Malappuram claiming 22 lives. In 2009, 45 people had lost their lives when a boat capsized in Mullaperiyar reservoir.