APP OF THE MONTH
RIVER Canal Rescue has launched a new free SOS Waterways app. When activated it instantly sends an emergency request, prompting a call to confirm the issue and where required, dispatches an engineer or rescue team to the boater in trouble.
Users can choose how their assistance request is sent – either via wif-fi/mobile data or text (or both) – and once received, are messaged to advise RCR will be in touch.
Behind the scenes, screens detailing the UK’s inland waterway network not only flag up the caller’s contact details, the boat’s location, severity of the issue and proximity to an engineer, but they track the engineer’s or team’s progress too.
Managing director Stephanie Horton said: “I see this as an essential piece of onboard equipment. Once the app is installed, you simply input your name and phone number into the app’s contact screen and when help is need, press the ‘require assistance’ button.”