INDIAN. Mumbai: Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued seven fishermen from a grounded boat, which had lost power due to the breakdown of machinery and was about to sink off Vanak Bara, Diu (Union Territory) on Monday night, according to Defence Ministry statement issued on Wednesday.
On receiving the distress call from Diu Administration, the ICG immediately responded and deployed indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mk-III from Porbandar to conduct the rescue operation in pitch dark and inclement weather conditions at Diu which is about 175 kilometers from Porbandar in Gujarat.
Braving gusty winds and rains, the ICG helicopter expeditiously reached the area. The dark hours combined with rough seas at the location compounded the difficulty, however, all seven crew were airlifted by the helicopter and brought to safe ground in two runs.
The boat had lost its power due to machinery breakdown and was grounded off Vanak Bara in rough seas leading to distress. All the rescued crew were handed over to local administration and reported safe and healthy.
Besides based on the request by the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation, to deploy rescue boats along with manpower for assistance in rescue, relief, and rehabilitation work in Jamnagar city due to the prediction of heavy downpour along with the anticipated flood-like situation, the ICG dispatched 6 Gemini inflatable boats and disaster relief team (DRT) comprising 35 personnel including the medical team from Vadinar to Jamnagar for augmenting relief and rescue operations.
In another swift operation coordinated by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG), NSS shipping vessel M V Surya 3, rescued eight distressed fishermen stranded onboard inter ferry boat (IFB) Shivshakti adrift 38 nautical miles at sea off Dahanu in Maharashtra on Tuesday.