On 02 Jul 15, the squadron was tasked for a routine sortie. They carried out in depth analysis of the weather and meticulously planned the sortie accordingly.
The dedicated efforts of the aircrew bore fruits and one stranded Indian fishing boat with 06 fishermen was sighted approximately 125 nm from coast and close to Indo-Bangladesh IMBL. The aircraft flew low over the stranded boat to gather information and assure the fishermen of help. The information was then passed to base and district headquarters on Satcom and to ICGS Rajkiran on exercise frequency. The ship was vectored to the datum resulting in saving 06 precious lives.
On 10 Aug 15, unit received information for a missing Srilankan fishing boat. The weather in area was reported to be extremely challenging for flying. Considering the gravity of situation the aircrew of the mission undertook the sortie.
Search and Rescue 04 Precious Lives Saved
In area, the aircrew was forced to fly for prolonged duration manually at exceptionally low levels owing to bad visibility, low clouds so as to visually sight the boat. After nearly 02 hrs the crew visually identified the missing Srilankan fishing boat ‘Ayesha’ with 04 fishermen onboard in position 175 Paradip Lt 246 nm. The aircraft carried out several low passes over the boat gathering vital information and assured the fishermen of help. The information was passed to ICGS Sagar, which was vectored to the datum resulting in saving 04 precious lives.
On 04 Nov 15 at 1931 h, MRCC Mumbai received one unresolved COSPAS SARSAT distress alert of Pawan Hans, Dauphin, AS 365 N 3 helicopter, call sign VT-PWF. MRCC (MBI) located the nearby ships on SB-AIS at the site of crash and contacted TAG-VI (ONGC vessel) operating near the datum. TAG-VI reported that OSV Samudra Sevak has recovered a few helo debris.
SAR for crashed "Pawan Hans Helo"
ICGS Vijit arrived datum and assumed duties of OSC. CGDO carried out air search in area and reported sighting of 05 orange colour debris and 03 white colour debris to ICGS Achook. Meanwhile CG 853 launched from ICGS Vijit also carried out search and reported sighting of floating debris in position.
At 1900 hrs, ELT transmission was received by Underwater Acoustic Locator receiver of OSV Samundra Sewak in position 19 Deg 21.65 North 071 Deg 19.06 East.
SAR for crashed "Pawan Hans Helo"
At 1219 h on 09 Nov Fugro Mapper reported debris with dimension 8.5 m x 2.5 m x 1.2 m in position 19 deg 16.52 n 071 deg 27.52 E. Diving was undertaken by PSV Samudra Sevak and helicopter wreckage was sighted in various parts in close proximity. On 09 Nov at 1815 h, salvage of cockpit along with body of one pilot Captain TK Guha was recovered by OSV Samudra Sevak. Samudra Sevak continued with diving operation for the remaining Helo wreckage. The wreckage was found in close proximity of the position established by thorough analysis by high level committee. SAR case was extended w e f 12 Nov 15. Sea air coordinated search was carried out by ICGS Achook, INDO CGDO, ICG Chetak, IN ISV, MSV Hal Anant and Samudra Sewak with blue water acoustic camera.
In the early hours of 17 Nov 15, local police at Krishnapatnam intimated Indian Coast Guard Station (ICGS) Krishnapatnam regarding families stranded at Polam Rajugunta Aqua Farms, at Muthukur Mandal, Nellore District. The area had been flooded due to intense rainfall in southern Andhra Pradesh over the past 72 hours. The families were cut off from the main village due to flooding in the area.
Rescue Operation of Stranded Families in Nellore (AP)
ICGS Krishnapatnam immediately mobilised a Gemini along with 03 crew ex-Indian Coast Guard Ship C-417 and proceeded by road to Muthukur Mandal for rescue operation with the support of Krishnapatnam Port authorities and local police. It was intimated by the local police and revenue department personnel on site that 13 persons including 04 ladies and 03 children were stranded for over 72 hrs due to flooding in area. Using Gemini and life jackets, the ICG rescue team with the help of local police safely rescued all the 13 stranded personnel and brought them to a place of safety.
At about 1000 h on 12 Dec 15, Indian Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 13 (DHQ-13) at Puducherry received telephonic message from boat owner Mr. Gunasekharan stating that gear box of fishing boat 'Priyanka' has broken and observed flooding in engine room compartment and requested assistance.
On receipt of information, ICGS IC-120 deployed from Puducherry at 1100 hrs on 12 Dec 15 and reached datum at 1240 hrs on 12 Dec 15 along with gear oil and submersible pump for providing assistance. ICGS IC-120 technical team embarked on fishing boat and pumped out the water using submersible pump and attempted defecation. Subsequently, the fishing boat was towed by another fishing boat arranged by the owner and reached safely at 1700 hrs on 12 Dec 15 at Thengaithittu harbour.
On 30 Aug 15, Indian Coast Guard Station (Karwar) received an information from Coastal Police Station (CPS) at Udupi in Karnataka regarding fishing boat "Sri Master" with 10 crew adrift due to engine failure in position 27 n miles SW off Devgudda Lt.
SAR for Stranded FB "Sri Master"
On receipt of information, ICGS C-420 was deployed at 1500 hrs on 30 Aug 15 for search of adrift fishing boat. However, the boat could not be located. Subsequently, ICGS Amartya on routine patrol was diverted at 2205 hrs on 30 Aug 15. At about 0200 hrs on 31 Aug 15, the adrift fishing boat was sighted in position 22 n miles south west off Tadri Lt. The master of the boat intimated that boat is drifting in area since 28 Aug 15 due to engine failure and had intimated owner to arrange another boat for assistance. All crew were healthy and sufficient provisions were available onboard. ICGS Amartya boarding party attempted to rectify defect but efforts were futile as engine of fishing boat had seized.
Owner of boat arranged local fishing boat 'Dariya Daulat' ex-Honavar for towing assistance. ICGS Amartya continued to maintain in area. The fishing boat along with 10 crew were safely towed by 'Dariya Daulat' upto Bhatkal Port and secured alongside at about 2015 hrs on 31 Aug 15.
At about 1255 h on 19 Sep 14, Vice President Paradip Trawlers Association telephonically intimated DHQ-7 that Indian fishing boat 'Mangala Maa' was stranded with eight crew in position 10-12 nmiles South East of Devi Point (off Devi river) due to fishing nets entangled in her propeller and non-availability of power supply.
Assistance to Fishing Boat 'Mangala Maa'
On receipt of information, ICGS Sarojini Naidu, on patrol was diverted to render assistance to the fishing boat. At about 1645 h on 19 Sep 14, ICGS Sarojini Naidu located the stranded boat and took it under tow. Accordingly, the fishing boat along with eight crew were brought till/off Paradip and handed over to fishing boat 'Satya Sai' arranged by fisheries department in approximately position 4.5 nmiles North East of Paradip at 0935 hrs on 20 Sep 14 for further towing to Nehru Bungalow fishing harbor, Paradip.
At about 0450 h on 25 Dec 14, ICGS Savirtibai Phule received distress alert on MMB channel 16 from fishing boat "Jai Jalaram" with five crew onboard regarding flooding in engine room in position 63 n miles South West of Mitha port.
Assistance to Fishing Boat "Jai Jalaram"
On receipt of the information, ICGS Savitribai Phule arrived at the scene of incident at 0640 h on 25 Dec 14 and dispatched Damage Control Party onboard fishing boat "Jai Jalaram". Damage Control Party ascertained that flooding in engine room was due to uprooted side plank at waterline. Subsequent to containment of flooding by ICG Damage Control Party, the fishing boat was towed off Okha and handed over to another fishing boat arranged by owner in presence of ICG Interceptor Boat (IB) ICGS C-411. Thereafter, the fishing boat safely entered Okha at about 1940 h on 25 Dec 14 under escort of ICGS C-411.
At about 0415 h on 02 Jan 16, MRCC (A&N) received information from Port Management Board, Port Blair regarding drifting of MSV 'Safeena' with 08 crew onboard.MSV reported loss of rudder and was stranded in position 6 n miles East off Nancowry Island.
On receipt of information, Indian Coast Guard Ship Durgabai Deshmukhon routine surveillance was diverted for assistance. The ship affected RV with MSV 'Safeena',took the dhow (along with 08 crew) under tow at 0730 hrs on 02 Jan 16 and arrived off Nancowry inner harbour at 1144 hrs on 02 Jan 16. The dhow anchored in position 03 n miles Southwest of Morrel Point Light. On completion of handing over formalities, ICG Ship Durgabai Deshmukh resumed area patrol.
At about 1550 hrs on 13 Jan 16, MRCC(MBI) received information from MV "Sima Giselle" regarding wooden fishing boat "Virgin Marry" along with 11 crew onboard. The boat was reportedly drifting in position 107 n miles Southwest off Mumbai for last three days view engine breakdown.
On receipt of information,Coast Guard Dornier aircraft on routine patrol contacted the standard fishing boat and ascertained that the boat had a booster pump failure and required assistance. Aircraft also intimated that M/s ONGC Off Shore Support Vessel (OSV) FOG 10 had rendered assistance to stranded fishing boat by supplying food and water to its crew. MRCC(MB) contacted the owner of the fishing boat to arrange towing ,however the owner expressed his inability to tow the boat for 100 n miles. Subsequently, MRCC(MBI) also requested M/s ONGC to provide towing assistance to the boat by any OSV scheduled to arrive Mumbai from ODA as a good will gesture.
On 18 Jan 16, Indian Coast Guard Ship Agrim on patrol was diverted for assistance of the fishing boat. ICGS Agrim reached datum at 2345 hrs on 18 Jan 16 and took the boat under tow. The boat along with crew were towed till Middle Ground Mumbai and safely handed over to Commissioner of Fisheries (Mumbai) at 1945 hrs on 19 Jan 16.
At about 2200 hrs on 06Feb 16, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai received information from MRCC Chennai regarding fishing boat 'NixyMol' reported flooding onboard and requiring assistance in position 07 n miles South West of Malvan. Unable to retrieve propulsion from engine due to flooding in engine room.
On receipt of information, ICG Ship C-410 sailed from Goa at 2255 hrs on 06 Feb 16 for rendering assistance to FB 'NixyMol'.C-410 reached datum at 0025 hrs on 07 Feb 16and sighted distressed FB 'NixyMol' with 02 tanks out of 03 tanks filled with water. Engine room compartment filled upto bilge level. Unable to deflood tanks by ships submersible pump View Sea not conducive. C-410 embarked 11 crew onboard ex-FB NixyMol and commence towing at 0110 hrs on 07 Feb 16 towards Mormugaoharbour and arrived MormugaoHarbour along with fishing boat at 0505 hrs on 07 Feb 16. The boat along with crew handed over to local agent arranged by the owner.
On 10 Feb 16, Indian Coast Guard Ship Vishwast whilst on routine patrol sighted MFV 'Saptagiri' adrift along with 09 crew in position 86.5 n miles South East of Kakinada Light at 0720 hrs on 10 Feb 16. The boat was adrift due to defective gear box and was unable to communicate with the owner. ICGS Vishwast closed in and boarded the boat to ascertain the defect.A technical team tried to rectify the defect, however, the same could not be undertaken as the gear box of the boat had fully ceased and the boat had nil spares onboard.
The master of the boat then requested ICGS Vishwast to tow the boat till Kakinada. The disabled boat along with 09 crew was taken under tow by ICGS Vishwast at 0915 hrs on 10 Feb 16 and proceeded to Kakinada Anchorage. The disabled boat was handed over to ICGS C-141 in position 09 n miles East of Vakalapudi Light at 0730hrs on 11 Feb 16. Subsequently, ICGS C-141 handed over disabled boat to another fishing boat arranged by owner of the boat and they safely entered Kakinada fishing harbour.
At about 0600 hrs on 08 Mar 16, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Port Blair received information from Merchant Vessel (MV) PGS Apollo regarding adrift vessel MV BLPL Blessing in position 25 n miles East of Narcondam Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islandrequiring towing assistance.
On receipt of the information, MRCC Port Blair established communication with Shipping Company M/s Orient Express Lines Pvt Ltd, Singapore and local Office at Mumbai. Local office of the shipping company intimated that the vessel had total power failure as the shaft generators of the vessel had tripped whilst on load. The emergency DA which comes on load automatically in the event of the main supply tripping also became defective due to malfunctioning of the rectifier assembly. The agent further brought out that the efforts to arrange the vessel 30 Kw start-up supply to jump start generators and technical assistance through local agent at Port Blair were not successful.
At about 1600 hrs on 08 Mar 16 ICG Ship Rajshree was diverted to provide assistance and the ship arrived datum at 0515 hrs on 09 Mar 16. Following actions were undertaken by the ship:
(a) Attempted to recharge disabled vessel air bottles through own compressor but was futile.
(b) Provided power supply to disable vessel compressor using own supply cable and charged air bottles.
(c) Air bottles of MV BLPL Blessing charged and power supply to fuel and lube oil pumps provided.
(d) First DA started and power supply restored at 1100 hrs.
(e) Started second DAat 1130 hrs.
(f) PGD systems of the merchant vesselstabilised and normal power supply restored at 1245 hrs
ICG Ship Rajshree continued to remain in area till main engine of disabled ship was started.Ship's main engine were started at 1330 hrs and subsequently the vessel safely departed area at 1440 hrs on 09 Mar 16 to its next port of call, Chittagong.
At about 1900 hrs on 19 Mar 16, ICG Ship Arinjay intercepted a distress call on VHF from fishing boat 'MadhavKrushna'. The boat in position 62 n miles West from Okha reported flooding in engine room and requested immediate assistance.
Flooding Onboard FB "Madhav Krushna"
On receipt of the information, ICG Ship Arinjay in area proceed with maximum speed to render assistance to fishing boat. ICG Ship Arinjay arrived datum at 2045 hrs and observed heavy flooding in fishing boat. All 05 crew were rescued and taken onboard. The fishing boat was taken alongside and all efforts were made for de-flooding, however, continuous flooding since afternoon and excessive ingress of water resulted in sinking of the boat in position at 2205 hrs on 19 Mar 16. All survivors were subsequently transferred to ICG Ship MeeraBehn for onward passage to Okha. At 1300hrs on 20 Mar 16 rescued fisherman were handed over to Assistant Director Fisheries, Okha.
At about 0210 hrs on 19 Mar 16, Coast Guard Headquarters received a telephonic call from 'MV Hafnia Asia' regardingMotorized Sailing Vessel (MSV)Selvamatha'. The master intimated that the MSVin distress was reportedly sinking in position 70 n miles West of Beypore Light.
Assistance to Sinking MSV "Selvamatha"
The information was relayed to MRCC Mumbai which immediately contacted MV Hafnia Asia and diverted it to provide assistance to distressed MSV Selvamatha. Indian Coast Guard Ship Abhinav was also diverted towards the datum for rescue operation. In addition International Sefety Net (ISN) was activated by MRCC Mumbai to keep the merchant traffic clear of the area.
At 0315 hrs on 19 Mar 16 MV Hafnia Asia arrived datum and sighted all 08 survivors of MSV Selvamatha in water and were subsequently rescued by the vessel. ICG Ship Abhinav effected RV with MV Hafnia Asia at 0630 hrs on 19 Mar 16 andtook over all 08 rescued crew. MV Hafnia Asia resumed passage to Fujairah at 0730 hrs on 19 Mar 16.
Sea-air coordinated search by ICG Ship Abhinav and Coast Guard Dornier Aircraft was undertaken to search for floating debris. Five sealed cartoons were found floating within 03 n miles to datum. ICG Ship departed area and entered Kochi at 2100 hrs on 19 Mar 16 and handed over all 08 crew to Marine Police, Fort Kochi at 2200 hrs on 19 Mar 16.
At about 1130hrs on 21 Mar 16, Coast Guard Dornier Aircraft CG-764 on task picked up a Very High Frequency (VHF)CH-16 distress call in position 26 n miles Northwest of Ratnagiri Light. CG-764 passed the information through INMARSAT to Ops Centre, ICG Station Ratnagiri that one fibre boat was being towed by two boats SriGajana and Chakravarthy-6. The information was relayed to Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Mumbai.
On receipt of the information, following initiated:
(a) Indian Coast Guard Ship C-402 sailed from Ratnagiri at 1300 hrs on 21 Mar 16 for rendering necessary assistance.
(b) International Safety Net (ISN) was activated by MRCC Mumbai for alerting mariners in area.
(c) C-402 reached datum at 1500 hrs on 21 Mar 16 and ascertained that fishing boat MFB Mahez with 1500 kgs fish catch was in distress view flooding onboard. The distress message was relayed by 'MFB DurgaAmbika'.
(d) C-402 lowered the Gemini to access the situation and observed excessive flooding in the engine room.
(e) Boarding party Ex-ICGS C-402 embarked onboard distressed fishing boat 'MFB Mahez' and de-flooding was carried out using submersible pump through ship's power supply.
(f) All 07 crew of the distressed boat were taken onboard ICG Ship C-402.
(g) Post de-flooding C-402 towed the distressed boat 'MFB Mahez' towards Ratnagiri view non operational engine and Diesel Alternator (DA) of MFB and continuous flooding onboard the fishing boat.
(h) ICG Ship C-402 along with rescued crew and distressed fishing boat safely reached Bhagvati Port, Ratnagiri and handed over them to Marine Police, Ratnagiri at 1815 hrs on 21 Mar 16.
At 1900 hrs on 19 Apr 16, Indian Coast Guard Station Tuticorin received information regarding disabled vallam with 06 crew onboard, anchored in position 15.5 n miles Southwest of Mandapam Light due to engine failure.The boat ventured into sea from Therespuram (Tuticorin) on 15 Apr 16 and was expected to return on 18 Apr 16.
Assistance for Disabled Vallam "Benitta"off Mandapam
On receipt of the information, Indian Coast Guard Ship Abhiraj on patrol was diverted at 1900 hrs on 19 Apr 16 to render assistance. ICG Ship Abhiraj arrived datum at 2100 hrs on 19 Apr 16 and located the boat at 0750 hrs on 20 Apr 16. Efforts to repair the engine by ship’s staff were futile, thus ICG Ship Abhiraj towed the fishing vallam ‘Benitta’ with 06 crew uptoTuticorin fairway buoy. The vallam with all 06 crew have been handed over to Fisheries Department, Tuticorin at 1610 hrs on 20 Apr 16.
At about 0400 hrs on 18 May 16, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Chennai received distress call of Tug Orion Dhanashree through Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) Chennai intimating flooding onboard. The tug was towing light jack barge and was drifting in position 24 n miles Southeast of Chennai harbour due to flooding in Aft Steering Position (ASP) causing complete loss of steerage way. Despite best efforts of the crew, ingress of water could not be arrested and requested immediate towing assistance.
The tug had departed Vizag on 14 May 16 with 11 crew onboard and was scheduled to reach Mumbai on 02 Jun 16. Details of the tug are as follows:
(a) Name : Tug Orion Dhanashree
(b) Owner: Capt MB Ajgaonkar
(c) Flag: India
(d) IMO: 9121821
(e) MMSI: 419584000
(f) Call Sign: AULO
(g) Crew: 11
(h) Agent: M/s Orion Offshore Services
(j) LPC/NPC: Vizag / Mumbai
(k) Weather in area: Sea state- 4-5, Wind- Cyclonic 30-35 KT, Swell- 3-4 Mtr
On receipt of the information, ISN was activated by MRCC (Chennai). MV Mearsk Brooklyn responded and was directed to remain in area till arrival of Coast Guard ship. ICG Ship Varad was sailed from Chennai at 0700 hrs on 18 May 16 for rendering assistance. ICG Ship arrived datum at 1020 hrs on 18 May 16 and reported that tug's Aft Steering Position (ASP) was completely flooded. Post assessing the situation, ICG Ship Varad took the disabled tug along with barge under tow at 1201 hrs on 18 May 16 and arrived off Chennai fairway buoy at 2110 hrs on 18 May 16. Thereafter disabled tug was handed over to local agent.
At about 1840 hrs on 04 Feb 17, Indian Coast Guard Ship C-408 whilst on night patrol received a distress call from barge 'MV Priya' ex- M/s Jakhau Salt. The barge with 08 crew onboard reported flooding onboard and sinking in position 3.8 n miles South West of Mitha Port light (Jakhau) due to ingress of sea water in engine room and storage compartment view high swell and rough sea. The details of the barge are as follows:- -
(a) Vessel Name: MV Priya
(b) Type: Barge
(c) Regn No. : PNJ-501
(d) Cargo: Approx 1800 Tons salt
(e) Crew: 08 (All Indian)
On receipt of information, the ICG Ship proceeded to render assistance to the distressed barge. On arrival, it was observed that the barge was submerged till bridge level and was listing heavily to Port side. The fore and aft part of the barge was above water level and the crew were awaiting assistance.
The ICG Ship could not approach the barge due to adverse sea conditions and inclement weather prevailing in area. To ensure safe and timely evacuation, the ship directed the barge crew to lower the barge 'life raft'. The crew disembarked on the life raft and were quickly recovered by the ICG Ship. 02 out of 08 crew had sustained minor injuries and were provided with First aid onboard the ship. The ship entered Jakhau port and safely handed over the rescued crew to rep of M/s Jakhau Salt at 2200 hrs on 04 Feb 17.
Landfall at Chennai by very severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ on 12 Dec 16 resulted in cyclonic wind conditions at Chennai harbour. Due to the severe weather conditions and strong winds, berthing hawsers of the ships berthed inside Jawahar Dock parted. Chennai Port Trust dispatched two tugs for assistance, but was restricted in providing additional manpower for berthing assistance and rope handling. Ships with parted berthing hawsers not only posed danger of damage to self, but also jeopardized the safety of other ships inside the dock. Considering the criticality of the situation, Berthing team Ex–Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Varad was immediately dispatched to assist Chennai Port Trust tugs and the following distressed vessels at Jawahar Dock Chennai were safely berthed/ secured alongside with the assistance of ICG team:-
(a) MV Akbar
(b) DCI Dredger ‘Kaveri’
(c) DCI Dredger ‘BH1’
(d) Decommissioned Naval Submarine' Vagli'
(e) Port Craft including Pilot Vessels
At about 1410 hrs on 30 Sep 16, MRCC Port Blair received information from Assistant Director Fisheries, South Andaman, Port Blair regarding missing fishing dinghy along with 02 crew since 29 Sep 16. On receipt of information, ICGS Kanaklata Barua was deployed from Mayabunder for search on 30 Sep 16. In addition, Coast Guard Helo (CG-802) was launched from 1530-1700 hrs on 30 Sep 16. However, missing dinghy was not sighted. Coast Guard helo (CG-802) was again launched at 0700 hrs on 01 Oct 16 and located the overdue dinghy in position 12 n miles North West of North Point Lt. Both crew were winched up by the CG helo and brought to Port Blair. The fishing dinghy was towed back to Wandoor by another boat, arranged by owner.
At about 1200hrs on 20Apr16, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Port Blair received message from Port Management Board, Port Blair regarding fishing boat ‘MV Powmay’ along with 07 crew adrift in position 03 n miles Southwest of Barren Island due to engine failure. The fishing boat departed Mayabunder for fishing on 17 Apr 16.
On receipt of the information, Indian Coast Guard Ship C-416 was sailed at 1230 hrs from Mayabunder to render assistance. ICG Ship C-416 located the fishing boat anchored in position 02 n miles South of Barren Island. The ship’s technical team embarked the fishing boat and tried to rectify the defect which did not fructify. Thereafter, ICGS C-416 commenced towing the fishing boat towards Mayabunder. ICG Ship C-416 and towed fishing boat MV Powmay along with 07 crew entered Mayabunder AM 21 Apr 16 and the boat was handed over to Fisheries Department, Mayabunder.
At about 1420 h on 31 May 15, MRCC (MBI) received a VHF DSC distress alert from Supply Vessel 'Vestfonn' in position 10 nmiles west of Bombay High (ODA). MRCC (MBI) contacted the vessel and it was revealed that there was fire in engine room which was spreading. No causality was reported onboard. ICG Dornier 781 coordinated Search and Rescue through VHF channel 16 and communicated with supply vessels 'Ocean Diamond', 'BS Negi', 'Greatship Ahalaya' in vicinity and requested to proceed datum for assistance. ICGS Achook on patrol off Mumbai was immediately diverted to proceed with best speed for rendering necessary assistance.
ICG Ship s carrying out boundary cooling
Two Offshore Supply Vessels 'BS Negi' and 'Ocean Diamond' arrived datum at 1518 h on 31 May 15, Ocean Diamond engaged in boundary cooling and BS Negi commenced evacuation of the crew of distressed vessel. Meanwhile, ICGS Sankalp and Samudra Prahari were sailed from Mumbai to augment assistance. Second Indian Coast Guard Dornier was also launched from Daman to augment the SAR effort. MRCC Mumbai issued International Safety Net (ISN) to provide wide berth for fire fighting and to keep clear of the incident site.
At about 1720 h, Offshore Supply Vessel Ocean diamond intimated that the fire was brought under control by operating major firefighting CO2 system in engine room at 1700 h on 31 May 15 while boundary cooling was simultaneously being undertaken. All 33 crew were reported to be safe and 28 crew were evacuated by vessel in vicinity while five continued to man the distressed vessel. On 31 May 15, Offshore Supply Vessel Malaviya-24 connected tow in position 280 Prongs Lt. 102 nmiles and commenced towing the disabled vessel. Offshore Supply Vessel Vestfonn safely came to Bravo Anchorage, Mumbai at 1700 h on 01 Jun 15.
Search and Rescue for Dhow "MSV Sarojini"
At about 1845 hrs on 25 Dec 15, ICG Ship Samrat received a distress call from MSV Sarojini on VHF CH-16. The vessel reported flooding due to crack in the hull and was adrift in position 12.5 n miles West of Murud Lt. The water ingress had rendered the dhow unlit and adrift.ICG Ship Samrat immediately altered course and started heading towards the position of the dhows. ICG Ship Samrat sighted ‘MT Harsh Prem’ 14 n miles from the dhow and requested it to head towards distress position for interim assistance. At about 2045 hrs 'MT Harsh Prem' reached area and contacted 'MSV Sarojini', however, due to shallow depth and draught constraint the vessel was unable to reach the dhow. ICG Ship Samrat reached area at 2100 hrs and dispatched safety boat for of the crew ex-MSV Sarojini. International Safety Net (ISN) was activated by MRCC Mumbai and subsequently NAVAREA warning for the mariners was also issued. At about 2200 hrs on 25 Dec 15, all 08 crew of 'MSV Sarojini' were rescued by ICG Ship Samrat and taken onboard and thereafter handed over to ICGS Subhadra Kumari Chauhan. ICG Ship C-402 was sailed from Mumbai at 0615 hrs for taking over the crew from ICG Ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan off Mumbai. At about 1400 hrs on 26 Dec 15 ICG Ship C-402 entered Mumbai harbour and safely handed over all 08 crew to local Police station Yellow Gate, Mumbai.
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