Indian Coast Guard carries out rescue and disaster relief operation
Indian Coast Guard (ICG) in a daring and challenging operation rescued 07 fishermen from a grounded boat that was about to sink off Vanak Bara, Diu last night. On receiving the distress call from Diu Administration at 2000 hrs on 13 Sep 21, ICG immediately responded and deployed indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mk-III from Porbandar to conduct the rescue operation in pitch dark night and prevailing inclement weather at Diu which is about 175 Km from Porbandar.
Braving gusty winds and rains in the night, the ICG helicopter expeditiously reached the area. The dark hours combined with rough seas at the location compounded the difficulty, however, all 07 crew were airlifted by the helicopter and brought to safe ground in two runs.
The boat had lost its power due to machinery break-down 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 & healthy.
Parallelly, 300 Kms apart, at Jamnagar on 13 Sep 21, Commissioner Jamnagar Municipal Corporation requested ICG for rescue boats alongwith manpower for assistance in rescue, relief and rehabilitation work in Jamnagar city due to prediction of heavy downpour along with anticipated flood like situation.
Instantly, Coast Guard dispatched 6 gemini inflatable boats and disaster relief team (DRT) comprising 35 personnel including medical team ex-Vadinar to Jamnagar for augmenting relief and rescue ops.
The ICG DRT is being deployed for necessary assistance as per requirements projected by local administration. Indian Coast Guard always lives up to it’s motto “Vayam Rakshamah” and providing aid to civil authority during distress is one of its charter.