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New Weather Warning System for Sailors
May 7, 2008   
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The Mazurian Volunteer Water Rescue Service (WOPR) and mobile telephony company Polkomtel, which operates the Plus network, have jointly developed a new weather-prediction and warning system for sailors.

The service was launched May 1 throughout the Mazurian Lake District. After last year's "white squall" in the lake district that caused deaths among sailors, safety and early warning of dangerous conditions have become priorities for all Polish rescue services. The goal of the new system is to increase safety on the water by monitoring weather conditions and instantly informing users of any approaching bad weather fronts and dangerous squalls.

Weather information can be passed on via public bulletins and lit-up display boards in harbors and marinas. The next step will be to send out warnings by text message to people out sailing.

The system collects data from weather stations dotted around the Mazurian lakes and from weather services.

Another important part of the system will be GPS technology coupled with thermal imaging cameras, radar and sonic depth finders on all WOPR rescue vessels to enable rescue missions in a variety of weather conditions.

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