Boat Service to St. Mary’s Island Resumes After Five Months: Safety Measures Put in Place

Boat Service to St. Mary’s Island Resumes After Five Months: Safety Measures Put in Place

The Udupi district administration has resumed boat services between Malpe and St. Mary’s Island that had been temporarily withdrawn from May to September due to rainy season and rough sea.

Additional measures for the safety of visitors to St. Mary’s Island have been put in place. Among the measures taken include barricading and placing caution boards at five places on the island. A 110 m x 100 m space on the island has been earmarked for swimming. Guards have been deployed to ensure tourists do not go to unsafe places on the island. To prevent tourists from climbing up rocky areas on the island to take selfies, the district administration has set up “selfie points” on the land portion of the island.  Four watch towers have been built to keep a watch on visitors.

Operators of four boats to St. Mary’s Island have been asked to limit the number of visitors to the island at a time to 200. Boat service will be available between 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. A big boat will be available at the sea walk point, while speed boats will be available from Malpe Beach.

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