The Indian Coast Guard conducted a swift rescue operation in the waters around Mangalore Port in the early hours of Monday. Around 13 crewmen of a merchant vessel were rescued.
The Indian Coast Guard conducted rescue operations after Dredger Tridevi Prem, a merchant vessel was stranded off the coast of Mangalore. The visuals from the rescue video showed the Coast Guard crew boarding the Dredger from their rescue boat in a bid to reach out to the stranded sailors. By the time the Coast Guard team arrived, the Dredger's crew was facing even more problem as severe flooding ensued. The flooding was an aftermath of the inclement weather and the rough tides of the sea. Hence, wasting no time, the Indian Coast Guard made a heroic rescue wading through rought waters.
The Rescue Op
Defying inclement weather and rough sea conditions, @IndiaCoastGuard ship Amartya in a daring operation rescued 13 crew from Dredger Tridevi Prem off Mangalore early morning today. Crew abandoned dredger due to severe flooding onboard. pic.twitter.com/ZDGHOpEUNH— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) September 2, 2019
Earlier on August 12, the Indian Coast Guard averted a major accident and rescued the crewmen of a private ship after it caught fire. A private vessel named Jaguar suddenly caught fire at 11:30 AM off Visakhapatnam coast. In a bid to save themselves, the crew of the vessel immediately abandoned ship and jumped in the waters as fire had engulfed the deck. The incident occurred after a loud explosion aboard the Jaguar. Soon, a plume of thick smoke emanated from the vessel after which the crew abandoned the ship. However, a nearby Indian Coast Guard ship, ICGS Rani Rashmoni was immediately alerted. Crewmen aboard the Rani Rashmoni shot a video of the incident.
#WATCH Visakhapatnam: At 11:30 am today, 29 crew members of Offshore Support Vessel Coastal Jaguar jumped into water after a fire engulfed the vessel. 28 rescued by Indian Coast Guard. Search for 1 missing crew underway. Exact cause of fire yet to be ascertained. #AndhraPradesh pic.twitter.com/pksYGrC9ZE— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2019
The visuals showed the stern of Jaguar going up in flames and crew members swimming away. Rashmoni's crew then threw tube floats and ropes. According to reports, Rani Rashmoni was diverted from its course and ordered to coordinate the rescue operation. Apart from ICGS Rani Rashmoni, boats from Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) also joined in for the rescue operation. The joint-rescue mission managed to save 28 out of the 29 crewmen. ICGS Samudra Paheredar, ICG helicopter and ICGS C-432 were also pressed into action.
In May, the Indian Coast Guard had apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat 'AL-MADINA' along with six crew members near the Jakhau coast in Gujarat. The coast guard team seized 194 packets of narcotics substance from the six-member crew. The boat was first escorted to Jakhua where the investigation was carried out. The Indian Coast Guard has intensified patrolling along the International Maritime Boundary Line shared with Pakistan.