At about 1745 h on 05 Jul 19, ICGS Kakinada received information regarding stranded fishing boat ‘Yohana Devudu’ (Regn No. IND-AP-E2-MM-735) alongwith 08 crew with last known position approx 40 nm from Kakinada on 26 Jun 19. The fishing boat ventured into sea on 22 Jun 19 and was expected to return on 30 Jun 19. Coast Guard Dornier aircraft ex-Kolkata was tasked at 0915 h on 06 Jul 19 and ICGS Sarojini Naidu was sailed from Paradip at 1245 h on 06 Jul 19 for sea-air coordinated search. During the sortie, Coast Guard Dornier aircraft located the stranded fishing boat drifting 25 n miles North East of Paradip. ICGS Sarojini Naidu arrived datum at 1700 h on 06 Jul 19 and the ship provided food, portable water and medicine to the crew of the boat. Due to inclement weather and heavy sea conditions, the fishing boat was taken under tow by the ship at 1805 h on 06 Jul 19. The ship alongwith fishing boat arrived Paradip harbour at 0710 h on 07 Jul 19. On arrival, all crew were medically examined and reported to be in healthy condition. The boat was berthed inside Paradip harbour and owner was directed to undertake repairs of the boat at the earliest.
At about 2200 hrs on 15 Mar 19, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Mumbai received an e-mail from Shipping Corporation of India Ltd regarding fire onboard Research Vessel ‘ORV Sagar Sampada’ while the vessel was in position 37 n miles South-West of New Mangalore. On receipt of the information, ICG ships Vikram and Sujay were dispatched to render assistance. Both ships arrived in area by midnight on 16 Mar 19 respectively and commenced fire fighting operation by deputing fully equipped team. The situation was challenging as the fire war intense and access was limited. Notwithstanding, after 4-5 hours of continuous operation, the fire was brought under control in all the 08 compartments. Thereafter, de-flooding of the vessel was carried out using a submersible pumps. All the 30 crew and 16 scientists’ onboard remained safe. The vessel thereafter proceeded to New Mangalore under escort of ICG ships and entered harbor at 1325 hrs on 16 Mar 19.
At about 0330 hrs on 09 Jan 19, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship Vaibhav whilst on patrol, received a VHF distress call from Indian fishing boat 'RR' regarding missing of one fisherman in position 30.5 n miles South of Pamban Pass.On receipt of information, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Ship Vaibhav swiftly reached the reported area at 0520 hrs and commenced search for the missing crew . At about 0729 hrs, the ICG ship located and recovered the missing fisherman alive. Post administrating first aid to the survivor, ICGS Vaibhav proceeded and handed over the rescued fisherman to Fisheries Officials off Taruvaikulam at about 1430 hrs on 09 Jan 19 in healthy condition.
At about 2252 hrs on 15 Dec 18, AD Fisheries, Kakinada requested assistance for missing fishing boat (Regn No.IND-AP-E3-MO-3179) with 07 crew which had ventured into sea since 11 Dec amid cyclonic condition prevailing during cyclone ‘Phethai’. Investigations indicated that the fishing boat had taken shelter close to Oil rig Aban-II on 15 Dec. The oil rig operator was requested to provide shelter to the stranded fishermen while ICG unit is being deployed for assistance. The ICG Helicopter was tasked at 0615 hrs on 18 Dec and all the 07 fishermen were safely evacuated in two phases to Kakinada.
On 26 Nov 18, at about 2304 hrs ICGS Ameya, received an VHF distress call from mechanised fishing boat Lavanya (Reg No. TN-11-MFB-278) with 05 crew onboard reporting heavy ingress of sea water, whilst in position 20 n miles North-East of Tondi. ICGS Ameya located the distressed fishing boat at 2321 hrs and immediately dispatched its Technical team with submersible pump and Damage Control items to arrest the flooding.On assessing the situation onboard the fast sinking boat, four crew of the fishing boat were evacuated onboard. However, despite efforts, MFB Lavanya could not be salvaged due heavy water ingress and the boat sank at about 2340 hrs. All the rescued fishermen were later handed over off Mandapam to Fisheries officials at 0655 hrs on 28 Nov 18.
1.Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sumitra, while being deployed off Bangladesh coast in the wake of Cyclone Mora, sighted a group of stranded fishermen 100 NM South-west of Chittagong on 31 May 17. The ship immediately rushed to the area and found that the fishermen were waiving for assistance while hanging on to a floating trunk of tree and boat debris. INS Sumitra maneuvered close to the survivors and promptly deployed its Marine Commandos, Helicopter, divers, Boarding team and rescued a total of 33 Bangladeshi fishermen amidst strong winds and high swell conditions. During investigations, it was revealed that the survivors were crew of two Bangladeshi fishing boats which sank due to inclement weather. The survivors were provided medical assistance, food and subsequently disembarked by INS Sumitra at Chittagong harbour on 01 Jun 17.
2. At about 0112 Hrs on 01 Jun 17, a relayed COSPAS-SARSAT distress alert was received from British Virgin Islands flagged Sailing vessel ‘Lady Thuraya’ from position about 500 n miles south-west from Mumbai. As the efforts by MRCC Mumbai failed to establish contact with the vessel, ISN was issued. Five merchant vessels Thorco Lohas (IMO 9742429), MV Boreal (IMO 9262936), MV Faust (IMO 9332925), MV UACC Masafi (IMO 9489065) & MV Maria (IMO 9266566) responded to ISN, however the distressed vessel could not be located after search in the area. Further, two more vessel responded on ISN and carried out search from night of 02 Jun to forenoon of 03 Jun, but the Sailing vessel was not sighted. An alert with resolved position was again received from Lady Thuraya at 0225 Hr of 03 Jun 17 and a fresh ISN was issued for all the mariners in area. At about 1000 Hr, on 03 Jun, the Master of MV Seacor Diamond intimated MRCC Mumbai that they were in the vicinity of Sailing vessel Lady Thuraya and communication had been established on VHF. Further, he informed that the distressed vessel required towing assistance as her main engines was defective and no source of power was available onboard. MRCC Mumbai requested MV Seacor Diamond to render assistance to the distressed vessel as required. MV Seacor Diamond took the SV Lady Thuraya under tow at about 1345 Hrs on 03 Jun 17 for passage to Mumbai. The sea was monsoonal with high swell and strong wind. After towing of more than 96 hours covering a distance of more than 400 n miles, MV Seacor Diamond safely reached Mumbai anchorage at about 1355 Hrs on 07 Jun 17 and handed over the sailing vessel Lady Thuraya to Tug Shivali, arranged by the vessel’s agent.
3.ICGS Amartya was patrolling off Malpe on 03 Jun 17, when information about grounding of Barge IBIS near south breakwater of Old Mangalore Port was received. The ship proceeded towards the reported position with best possible speed against rough sea and weather conditions. The ship established communication with the Master of the Barge on VHF for situational appreciation and status of crew onboard Barge. The Barge was grounded in position off Mangalore port with shallow patches all around thereby limiting the reach of the ship to the site. Due to these conditions coupled with poor visibility, high swell, strong winds and onset of dark hours, the ship deployed its Gemini boat for rescue of the stranded crew from the Barge. After successful disembarkation of the 04 crew, the weather further deteriorated and the Gemini had to return to ship as further operation was not feasible due to weather and poor visibility. The Coast Guard Ship remained in vicinity of the Barge during the night hours and the operation resumed with first light on next day. The barge master was asked to lower life raft into the water and start evacuating the vessel as it has dangerously listed. Barge crew was thereafter shifted to Coast Guard ship in total 04 trips. Marine Police Boat also joined rescue operation and rescued 04 crew. Subsequently, all the rescued crew were taken to New Mangalore.
At 0925 Hrs, on 07 Jun 17, Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 3, Mangalore received a message from VTS Mangalore regarding flooding onboard fishing boat Manjeshwari, in position 195 Mangalore Lt 3.5 n miles with 07 crew onboard. At 0930 Hrs, ICGS Savitribai Phule on patrol was diverted for assistance.ICGS Rajdoot was sailed at about 0940 Hr for SAR operation. At 1015 Hrs,ICGS Rajdoot reached the area and by 1055 Hrs, all the 07 crew were rescued from the ill fated fishing boat. The Coast Guard ship thereafter entered New Mangalore to hand over the survivors to Fisheries department.
At about 0730 Hrs on 08 Jun 17, Coastal Security Group (CSG) Chennai intimated that a fishing boat ‘Bolan’ (Reg No. IND-TN-12-MO-1580), with 07 crew onboard, had ventured for fishing at 1600 Hr on 07 Jun 17 from Punnakayal, Tuticorin and reported drifting in approx position 069 Manapad Lt 12 view engine failure. ICGS Abhiraj was diverted to render assistance. The ship located the disabled boat but attempts of repair did not fructify due to want of spares. The boat along with the crew was taken under tow and handed over safely to another fishing boat off Tuticorin at 1530 Hr on 08 Jun 17.
At about 2314 Hr on 22 Jun 17, ICGS Kakinada intimated that fishing boat (Reg no. IND-TN-MSB-1496), with 15 crew onboard had ventured for fishing from Nagapattinam on 16 Jun 17 and reported drifting in approx position 122 Kakinada Lt 48 due to engine failure. ICGS Rajdhwaj was diverted for assistance and located the disabled boat at 0515 Hr on 23 Jun 17. Thereafter, the Coast Guard ship took the boat under tow and safely reach off Kakinada to hand over the stranded boat to Marine Police/Fisheries authorities at 1640 Hr on 23 Jun 17.
At about 1900 Hrs on 04 Jul 17, Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (NE) at Kolkata received information from Trawlers Association, Paradip regarding Indian Fishing Boat Nirman-5 (Reg. No. IND-OR-04-MM-174) along with 07 crew missing since 02 Jul 17. Indian Coast Guard Ship Sucheta Kripalani, on area patrol, was directed to carry out search of the missing boat. CGDO was also launched from Bhubaneswar at 0630 Hr on 05 Jul 17 for sea-air coordinated search. CGDO located the disabled boat about 54 n miles East of Paradip and ICGS Sucheta Kripalani was vectored to the distressed fishing boat, which had reported engine failure. The ship took the boat under tow at 1020 Hr on 05 Jul 17 for passage to Paradip. On arriving off Paradip at 1600 Hr on 05 Jul 17, ICGS Sucheta Kripalani handed over the boat & crew to another fishing boat arranged by owner.
On 17 Jul 17, Coast Guard District Headquarters No. 8, Haldia received telephonic information from Assistant Director of Fisheries (ADF), Contai (West Bengal) regarding drifting of fishing boat 'Sandhya' alongwith 14 crew, in position 55 n miles East of Paradip due to defect in engine. On receipt of the information, International Safety Net (ISN) was activated by Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Chennai for vessels operating in area to keep sharp lookout and render assistance as required. Coast Guard Dornier was launched from Kolkata at 1230 Hr for search and located the adrift fishing boat at 1405 Hr. The position was relayed to ICG ship Raziya Sultana for further assistance. The ship arrived close to boat at about 0700 Hr on 18 Jul 17 and was thereafter towed by the ICG ship to Dhamra Port. The boat alongwith crew was safely handed over to another fishing boat 'Kanya Kumari' arranged by the owner at 1315 Hr on 18 Jul 17.
At about 0625 Hr on 20 Jul 17, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Port Blair received telephonic call from ITT Lines Pvt. Ltd, Kolkata regarding distress onboard MV ITT Panther in position 98 n miles Northwest of Land Fall Island, Andaman Islands due to beyond permissible limits list on Starboard side (approx 30 degree) and requested for immediate assistance. In addition, Captain had declared abandoned ship and all the crew disembarked and boarded life raft/ rescue boat at 0635 Hr 20 Jul 17. On receipt of the information, International Safety Net (ISN) was activated by MRCC Port Blair to alert all mariners transiting through area to keep sharp lookout and render necessary assistance. Indian Coast Guard Dornier Aircraft was tasked from Port Blair and ICGS Rajkamal sailed from Diglipur at 0745 Hr 20 Jul 17 for assistance. ICGS Bhikhaiji Cama, which was on routine patrol, was also diverted for augmenting SAR efforts. The sister vessel, MV ITT Tiger, at sea was also directed by the vessel operators. ICGS Rajkamal reached area at about 1615 Hr and rescued all the 11 crew of ITT Panther from the liferaft braving rough sea conditions. ITT Panther reportedly sank in approximate position 115 n miles Northwest of Diglipur. The rescued crew were taken to Port Blair and handed over to the M/s ITT Pvt. Ltd representatives.
On 05 Aug 17, ICGS Anmol, whilst on patrol, received distress alert on VHF channel 16 from two fishing boats - Maa Sandha, with 12 crew, and Jay Krishna with 11 crew, adrift in position 62 N miles South of Sagar Island due to engine failure. The ship rushed to the area and located both the stranded fishing boats and arranged nearby fishing boat in vicinity to render towing assistance to Maa Sandha while she prepared to tow the fishing boat Jay Krishna which had its nets entangled with the propellers. Post clearing of the nets, the Coast Guard ship towed the fishing boat for a distance of 50 N miles towards Haldia harbour. The ship reached the harbour by midnight hours and assisted the boat to anchor for being taken over by the owner.
On 01 Sep 17, the Aviation Squadron at Porbandar received a distress signal intimating that 08 fisherman ex-FB Mayur Sagar were stranded off Porbandar for more than 24 hours view engine malfunction amidst prevailing cyclonic weather. The boat was stuck in shallow waters and rescue by any ship/ boat was nearly impossible. ICG Advanced Light Helicopter, based at Porbandar, was launched for SAR mission. Despite extreme weather conditions and cyclonic winds, the air crew safely rescued all the stranded 08 fishermen of the ill fated boat in repeated attempts. All the survivors were thereafter safely disembarked to the nearest coast for further medical assistance by the Coast Guard shore authorities. Post first aid, the fishermen were handed over to fisheries authorities.
At about 1845 Hr on 17 Sep 17, ICGS Puducherry received information from Pondy Nautic Tourism Group regarding drifting of a tourist boat due to engine failure 12 N miles off Puducherry. The tourist boat had sailed at about 0800 Hr, with 18 tourists, and was due to return harbour at 1700 Hr on the same day. Availability of assistance during dark hours was not certain from other sources. Despite the prevailing rough weather (sea state 3-4, winds gusting upto 35 Kmph) and poor visibility conditions in area, Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Craft IC-119 was sailed at 2000 Hr on 17 Sep 17 for SAR despite the limitations on navigational channel due to dredging operation and limited navigational aids. IC-119 navigated through the restricted channel in absence of navigational lights and adverse weather conditions and reached the distressed boat at 2315 Hr on 17 Sep 17.IC-119 rescued all 12 tourists present onboard the distressed boat and embarked them onboard. 06 tourists from the same boat were rescued earlier by a fishing boat operating in the area around 2030 Hr on 17 Sep 17. IC-119 thereafter, entered Puducherry harbour safely with all rescued tourists in the wee hours of 18 Sep 17.
At 1500 Hr on 29 Sep 17, VTS Mumbai intimated MRCC Mumbai regarding flooding onboard barge Ellysia with 07 person onboard in position 05 N miles West North West of Mumbai. ICGS C-154 & ICGS Sankalp, both on patrol, were immediately diverted for assistance. At 1525 Hr, ICGS C-154 arrived area and disembarked de-flooding party onboard barge Ellysia. However, attempts of de-flooding were futile and subsequently terminated due to heavy rolling of vessel and unavailability of power onboard barge. Consequently, all 07 crew were evacuated safely by ICGS C-154. The vessel was also made to anchor to prevent grounding. Subsequently, engine room was isolated. At 1648 Hr, Emergency Towing Vessel SCI Panna was deployed by DG Shipping for assistance while Tug Dolphin-5, arranged by owners, also arrived on scene at about 1945 Hr. Tug Dolphin-5 commenced towing barge Ellysia at 2100 Hr and brought it safely to Darukhana, Mumbai Port Trust. All the rescued crews were safely landed ashore by ICG ship.
ICGS Samudra Pavak, whilst on patrol on 20 Nov 2017, received a distress message from a fishing boat at 1030 Hr regarding flooding on board IFB Kalyaneshar. The distress position was about 42 N miles west of Jakhau, Gujarat. ICGS Samudra Pavak immediately proceeded to the area and found that IFB Kalyaneshar was heavily flooded, partially submerged and also listed 200-300. The fishing boat crew was not aware of the source of the water ingress. As the Coast Guard team was about to initiate the de-flooding arrangements, the boat capsized and sank at 1250 Hr due to excessive flooding. All the 06 crew were rescued and embarked onboard ICG Ship. The rescued crew were provided first aid and food. Subsequently, the Coast Guard ship safely brought the rescued crew to Porbandar.
Since 30 Nov/ 01 Dec 17 onwards ICG units have been deployed for 314 ship days and 255 flying hrs for Search & Rescue of missing fishermen and so far ICG units have rescued/ assisted 488 fishermen out of total 850 fishermen rescued/ assisted by all the rescue units. 09 out of 24 dead bodies have also been recovered by Indian Coast Guard units off Kerala coast. Op SHAYAM conducted by Indian Navy for SAR during Cyclonic Storm ‘Ockhi’ was terminated vide NHQ Signal DTG 282015/Dec 17.
At about 1205 Hr on 02 Dec 17, ICGS Aryaman while on patrol, received message regarding two boats in distress in position 75 N miles west of Kochi. The ICG Ship immediately proceeded towards the distressed boats despite prevailing very rough sea conditions. Meanwhile, ICG Dornier aircraft located the distressed boat and vectored ICGS Aryaman towards the fishing boats (FB) ‘Arokiya’ and ‘Bible’. On interrogation, it revealed that the FB Bible had major machinery breakdown while FB Arokiya was having minor defect in propulsion. ICGS Aryaman took FB Bible, with 10 crew, under tow and also escorted FB Arokiya, with 09 crew, towards harbour for safety. The ship reached off Manakkodam by 1100 Hr on 03 Dec 17 and both the boats were safely handed over to Fisheries Department, Ernakulam.
At about 1200 Hr on 02 Dec 17, ICGS Anmol on patrol received a distress call on VHF channel from fishing boat ‘Baba Ashirwad’ in position 70 N miles East southeast of Sagar Island. Precise search plan by the ICG ship’s resulted in timely location of the stranded fishing boat. On investigation, it revealed that boat, with 11 crew onboard, was adrift for past 06 days without food, water and non-operational engine due to crack in lube oil cooler. Ship’s technical team made attempts to carry out defect rectification. However, the large crack near the collar of lube oil pipeline couldn’t be repaired. Thereafter, ICG Ship towed the boat till WP-4 western channel and was made to anchor for repairs arrangements by the owner.
ICGS Abhinav, whilst searching for stranded boats off Kerala coast during Cyclone Ockhi, received input from Coast Guard Dornier aircraft regarding a stranded fishing boat off Beypore. The Ship located the distressed boat at 1330 Hr on 03 Dec 17 and observed that FB 'Jewel', with 05 fishermen, was stranded due to machinery failure. It also revealed that the fishermen were starving from last 05 days view lack of food and water. The fishermen were rescued and provided food and first aid and thereafter handed over to the Marine Enforcement Wing staff off Beypore at 1530 Hr on 03 Dec 17.
At 0630 Hr on 03 Dec 17, ICGS Shoor sighted one stranded fishing boat at Suheli Par island in Lakshadweep group of islands. Ship’s landing party was dispatched despite rough sea and strong wind conditions prevalent due to Cyclone ‘Ockhi’. All the four fishermen were taken onboard by the landing party at 1015 Hr and provided first aid and food. Interrogation revealed that the fishing boat had drifted and subsequently grounded at Suheli Par Island on 02 Dec 17 due to shearing off the propeller and cyclonic weather. The boat had sustained damages in hull and engine room with water ingress and hence abandoned by the crew who took shelter on the uninhabited Island. The rescued fishermen were later handed over to ICGS C-421 off Kavaratti Island.
At about 1130 Hr on 07 Dec 17, Coast Guard Dornier aircraft reported sighting of a stranded boat in area. ICGS Abhinav was directed to proceed and located the stranded fishing boat 'Thiruchiluvai' in position 115 N miles Southwest of New Mangalore at 1130 Hr on 07 Dec 17. The boat was taken alongside and was provided with medical facility, food and water. It revealed that the boat crew was starving with no provisions and water for last 07 days. The fishing boat was thereafter safely escorted towards Kochi harbour.
On receipt of information regarding a Karnataka registered fishing boat ‘Star Fish (Bahubali)’ adrift due to machinery breakdown in approx position 15 N miles South-west off Jaigarh with seven crew onboard, Coast Guard District HQ-2, Mumbai deployed ICGS C-402 from Murud harbour at 1700 Hr on 15 Dec 17 for search and assistance. ICGS C-402, with best speed, arrived the reported area at 2215 Hr and established communication with the vessel to find its exact position. After moderate search, the boat was located at 2300 Hr with major machinery defect. Since the fishing boat’s engine could not be repaired at sea view want of spares, the boat was taken under tow by ICGS C-402 and safely brought to Murud harbour amid dark hours and rough sea conditions.
On 13 Jan 18, Indian Coast Guard Station (ICGS) Dahanu received information regarding capsizing of a private pleasure boat carrying 35 school children off Parnaka Beach (Dahanu). ICGS Dahanu coordinated the SAR operation with local Administration and in a swift response action, 34 students out of 35 were rescued using local fishing boats. Search and Rescue efforts were augmented by Coast Guard helicopter. During the third sortie of 13 Jan 18, the Coast Guard helicopter located the body of the missing student.
At about 1830 hrs on 20 Jan 18, Remote Operating Station (ROS), New Mangalore received a distress call from fishing boat ‘Sea Shell’. The fishing boat with 10 crew was adrift since 20 Jan due to flooding in machinery compartment and multiple machineries failure whilst in position 54 n miles West of Malpe. On receipt of information, ICGS Samar on patrol was diverted for assistance. Extensive search in area were carried out by the ship and the distressed fishing boat was located successfully in position 48 n miles West of Malpe at 2120 hrs on 21 Jan 18. The technical team of ICGS Samar boarded the vessel for arresting the ingress of water into the boat. Subsequently, the crew was provided necessary assistance and the fishing boat was towed till old Mangalore port and handed over safely to Fisheries Authority, Mangalore at 1245 hrs on 22 Jan 18.
At about 0730 hrs on 07 Apr 18, Remote Operating Station (ROS), Porbandar received a distress call on VHF regarding flooding onboard ‘IFB Sri Padmani Krupa’ (GJ-25-MM-0420) with 05 crew onboard in position 63 n miles west of Okha. ICGS C-413 was deployed from Okha and the boat was located adrift and flooded. The boat was de-flooded by Coast Guard Team and leakage arrested by applying Quick Dry Cement. The boat was later towed by another fishing boat safely under escort to Porbandar on 08 Apr 18.
At about 1800 hrs on 24 Apr 18, CGDHQ-12 at Kavaratti in Lakshadweep Islands received an information from Androth Port Control regarding Fishing Boat ‘Krishna Priya’ alongwith 05 crew, adrift in position 30 NM North West of Kochi view engine failure. ICGS Abhinav on patrol was diverted and located the fishing boat at 2120 hrs on 26 Apr 18 in position 36 n miles west of Kochi. On locating the boat, Ship’s technical team embarked the boat to start defective starter motor. However, due to paucity of spares, the repair could not be undertaken. Consequently, the boat was towed by ICGS Abhinav and safely handed over to another fishing boat arranged by Fisheries Department off Kochi on 27 Apr 18.
At about 0030 hrs on 13 Jun 18, MRSC Porbandar received VHF message from Tug Jalarag adrift in position 3.4 NM SE of Porbandar due to total power failure. The tug had lost all available fuel onboard due to crack in the fuel tank pipeline and the Master of vessel had dropped anchor at 0215 hrs. However, due to rough sea conditions, anchor chain cable of the tug parted and vessel started drifting.ICGS Shoor was deployed from Porbandar at 0245 hrs on 13 Jun for assistance. The ship initially made all out efforts to connect up the tow, but efforts remained futile due to rough sea conditions while Tug continuously drifted to shallow waters and finally grounded off Odador beach, Porbandar at 0415 hrs. The master and crew of the tug were advised to observe all safety precautions and be prepared for evacuations. At about 0600 hrs, Advanced Light Helicopter and Chetak helicopters of Indian Coast Guard were launched for rescue efforts. Five out of seven crew of the stranded vessel were air lifted and shifted ashore while two crew who had jumped in water, were rescued/ assisted by the Coast Guard Diver to reach ashore.
At about 2300 hrs on 13 Jun 18, MRCC Chennai received distress message from MV SSL Kolkata in position 55 NM South of Sagar Island regarding major fire onboard containers and sought for immediate assistance for evacuation of its 22 crew. A close communication with the Sagar VTMS, local agent and Master of the vessel was maintained. Due to inclement weather and strong wind conditions, the fire rapidly turned into major fire with intermittent explosion and extended upto more than 40 containers beyond the control of ship’s crew. At about 1025 hrs, the Master of the vessel decided to abandon the vessel by dropping two life rafts. Coast Guard ship Rajkiran, despite inclement weather conditions, braved through rough seas and rescued all 22 crew by 1400 hrs on 14 Jun in multiple attempts. ICGS Rajkiran thereafter handed over all 22 rescued crew to local agent at Haldia. On receipt of the information Indian Coast Guard ship Rajkiran was deployed from Haldia at 0120 hrs on 14 Jun for assistance. Two Coast Guard Dornier aircraft from Kolkata were also launched at first light on 14 Jun for sea–air coordinated search
On 19 Jun 18, ICGS Shaurya whilst on patrol received a VHF call from fishing boat ‘Palani Murgan’ alongwith nine crew while experiencing flooding in position 98 n miles North East of Chennai. Amidst high wave and strong wind conditions, ICGS Shaurya rushed to area and the ship’s technical team attempted to arrest flooding. However, the flooding was uncontrollable. The fishing boat started sinking and the crew were timely rescued by Coast Guard team. The rescued crew were handed over by ICGS Shaurya to Fisheries Authorities on 19 Jun at Chennai.
At about 1415 hrs on 22 Jun 18, Indian Coast Guard Ship Rani Durgavati, whilst on patrol, sighted two toppled vallams with five crew in water in position 08 n miles North East of Nagapattinam. ICG Ship's team immediately rescued three fishermen including the injured fisherman and provided first aid. The remaining two fishermen were retrieved by the mother boat. The Ship alongwith three survivors entered Karaikal at 1830 hrs on 22 Jun and handed over the fishermen to local fishing authorities.
At about 0930 hrs on 12 Jul 18, ICG Dornier on patrol sighted adrift fishing boat ‘Jagyan Nrusingha’ with 10 crew stranded due to machinery breakdown in position 212 Puri Lt 16 n miles off Chilka Lake. ICGS Amogh on patrol was diverted to the area for rendering assistance to the disabled boat. The disabled fishing boat was towed and handed over to owner off Puri at 1115 hrs on 13 Jul 18.
At about 0141 hrs on 02 Aug 18, Master of MV Swaraj Dweep requested MRCC (Port Blair) regarding urgent assistance to arrest flooding in hold no. 2. The vessel was on passage from Port Blair to Nancowry with 250 passengers embarked and 93 crew. ICGS Aruna Asaf Ali was immediately despatched from Kamorta with additional de-flooding pumps and lifesaving gears for rendering assistance. MV Swaraj Dweep was directed to anchor off Car Nicobar. ICG technical team alongwith de-flooding pumps embarked onboard ship at 0830 hrs for de-flooding operation. CGDO with divers, de-flooding pumps and damage control items was launched at 0830 hrs on 02 Aug 18 from Port Blair and landed at Car Nicobar. Three DSS vessels namely Kamorta, Ex-Nancowry, MV Strait Island ex-Campbell Bay and MV Coral Queen ex-Hut Bay were diverted for safe evacuation of passengers. ICGS Aruna Asaf Ali evacuated 250 passengers including ladies and children’s for passage to MUS Jetty, Carnic. All passengers were safely evacuated from MV Swaraj Dweep AM 03 Aug 18 for onward passage. On completion of de-flooding, the vessel sailed from Carnic anchorage to Port Blair for MMD survey and no ingress of water was reported during the passage.
At about 1230 hrs on 13 Aug 18, MRSC, New Mangalore received an information from Coastal Security Police, Bhatkal regarding adrift fishing boat ‘Laxmi Janardhan’ alongwith eight crew in position 32 n miles West of Bhatkal, Karnakata.ICGS Rajdoot was diverted to render assistance to disabled fishing boat and located the disabled fishing boat. The ship’s technical staff rectified the defect successfully. The fishing boat entered Malpe harbour at 1545 hrs in 14 Aug 18.
At about 2025 hrs on 13 Aug 18, MRSC, New Mangalore received an information from Coastal Police Station, Udupi regarding fishing boat ‘Vishwas’ alongwith 10 crew adrift due to engine failure in position 46 n miles North West of New Mangalore. ICGS Rajdoot was diverted for assistance and located the disabled fishing boat. ICGS Rajdoot towed the boat to New Mangalore and safely handed over to the owner at 2130 hrs on 15 Aug 18.
At about 1015 hrs on 15 Aug 18, MRSC Kochi received an information from Coastal Security Police, Ponnani regarding fishing boat ‘Al Jubbari’ alongwith seven crew adrift in position 30 n miles South West of Ponnani due to engine failure. ICGS Aryaman on patrol was diverted for assistance. ICG DO was also launched from Kochi on 15 Aug 18 for sea-air coordination search. ICGS Aryaman located the disabled fishing boat and towed the same to Kochi and handed over the fishing boat alongwith seven fishermen onboard to owner of the fishing boat at 2030 hrs on 15 Aug 18.
On 07 Sep 18, MRCC (CHN) received a message from RSV Samudra Ratnakar intimated flooding onboard fishing boat ‘Jayraman’ alongwith 09 crew in position 56 n miles south west of Chennai. ICGS Abheek on routine patrol was diverted for rendering assistance. ICG Ship located the fishing boat and embarked the ship’s damage control team onboard fishing boat and carried out de-flooding. Thereafter, ICGS Abheek towed the fishing boat alongwith crew and safely handed over to boat owner off Chennai Fishing harbour on 08 Sep 18.
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