London. Aug 8 (ANI): A Scottish engineer has developed a life-saving device that can warn fishermen that their vessel is about to capsize.
Ayrshire-based Ken Smith, who has been working on the project for five years, has now developed the SeaWise monitor that he hopes will prevent accidents.
Up to 60 per cent of all cases of fishing boats being swamped and turning over, or foundering causes vessels to get lost at sea.
Successful trials have already been conducted Scottish and Irish fishing boats.
The device consists of a sensor box, which constantly monitors the stability of a vessel and transmits the information to a screen placed in the vessel's wheelhouse.
If the sensor detects that stability is threatened, a red light and an audible warning alert the crew.
The crew can then take action to prevent the vessel capsizing or alert emergency rescue services that their help might be required.
"Fishing is the most dangerous industry we have," the Scotsman quoted Smith of Hook Marine as saying.
"But while the accident rate in other industries has been declining in recent years, there has been no corresponding reduction in the UK fishing industry.
"As 60 per cent of losses are due to instability we think we can make inroads into that and make the industry much safer," he added. (ANI)