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Caribbean surface data available to rescuers

A new NOAA data feed will streamline search-and-rescue efforts and hazardous material cleanups in the Caribbean.

Measurements of surface current speed and direction off the west coast of Puerto Rico are now feeding into a single Web site, making the information easily accessible and understandable to a broad user community of ocean rescuers and responders for the first time.

"Knowing what the current is doing is critical for tracking the probable path of people lost at sea or drifting survivor craft," said Zdenka Willis, NOAA's director of the Integrated Ocean Observing System. "This is about saving lives and protecting ocean resources."

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