During the passage of hurricane Irma, the marine VHF station which allows boaters to communicate with each other but also with the Cross, the operational center responsible for coordinating rescue and assistance operations, fell.
A few weeks later, a new – temporary – station was installed at Pic Paradis to restore communications while waiting to set up the so-called nominal station and to recover the communication capacities prior to Irma. This station is located 420 meters above sea level and has a range of 57 nautical miles (105 km). However, communication capacities have been strengthened by also providing Saint-Barth with a marine VHF station. Today the coverage area extends to Saba and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
To finance the stations, the Cross applied for European funds at the end of 2020 under the Interreg Caribbean program and obtained them at the end of 2021. They made it possible to cover 95% of the total cost of the project, which amounts to 376 euros.
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