Thursday, May 7, 2009

Viet Nam helps Cambodia in search and rescue work

VNS (Hanoi)

HA NOI — The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport signed a memorandum of understanding with its Cambodian counterpart to help receive and process search and rescue distress alert data from the Cospas-Sarsat system.
Cospas-Sarsat is an international satellite distress alert detection and distribution system designed to assist search and rescue operations using satellites and ground facilities to locate signals from distress beacons. The position of the beacons and other information is then relayed through mission control.

According to the agreement, the Viet Nam Mission Control under the Cospas-Sarsat Agreement (VNMCC) will receive and process emergency rescue data from the alert device located in Cambodia and distribute the data to related agencies in Cambodia.

The VNMCC, a member of international Cospas-Sarsat since 2002, will help Cambodia launch prompt rescue operations to mitigate loss of human life and property.

Viet Nam has also agreed to help train Cambodian and Lao officials to process data from the Cospas-Sarsat system. The first training course, led by the Viet Nam Shipping Telecom Company, was held in October 2008.

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