Following a series of boat accidents in Kerala, wearing a life jacket was made a mandatory condition of riding the many tourist boats that can be found in the state. However, the Hindu recently found that a lack of surveyors and confusion over the rules means the law is rarely enforced in Kochi – and many tourists are at risk as a result.

From the Hindu

Boat safety in deep waters

The flouting of rules has turned rampant this festival season as the enforcement agencies continue to remain passive by not initiating action against the violators.

Wearing life jackets was made mandatory after several boat accidents occurred in the State, but the lack of strong follow-up action and vigil on the part of government agencies, including the Ports Department and the police, have encouraged boat operators to violate norms.

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