PLOCAN took part in the maritime accident drill organised by the Canary Islands Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) and the 802 Squadron of the Air Force’s 46th Wing 55 miles northeast of the island of Gran Canaria.
For the simulation, a PLOCAN buoy with a positioning beacon was attached to a figurehead and set adrift at sea. Data from the buoy were obtained in real time, which allowed the current in the area to be monitored throughout the exercise.
During the activation of the emergency simulation, PLOCAN provided data on current predictions and drift trajectories to support search and rescue operations.
Since 2015, the Spanish Air and Space Forces, in collaboration with PLOCAN, have been carrying out regular search and rescue drills in Canary Islands waters. This collaboration is part of an agreement signed in 2015 related to the study of sea currents in the Canary Islands and the Search and Rescue Service.