Pakistan Navy saves nine stranded Indian seamen


Pakistan Navy

KARACHI: Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency managed to save the lives of nine Indian seamen whose tugboat had been stranded at sea.

An Ocean Tug SAS-5 registered at St Kitts & Nevis was disabled for last few days near the Indian coast at a position 167 NM South East of Karachi. The tug suffered a failure of its electric generators and had no electrical supply.

“In early morning of 04 Feb 24, Pakistan Navy Joint Maritime Information and Coordination Center (JMICC) received a distress signal from the Ocean,” the statement said.

A Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft was tasked to locate the tug at sea followed by a Search and Rescue operation by Pakistan Maritime Security Ship Kashmir which was deployed on routine Maritime Security Operations in the area, according to the navy.

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“Upon reaching the distressed Tug, PMSS KASHMIR secured the Tug alongside and after three hours of strenuous repair efforts the defect was rectified,” the navy said. The tugboat had lost electrical power prior to rescue.

Besides technical assistance, medical facilities, fresh water and cooked meals were also provided to the fatigued crew of the Tug. Upon completion of SAR operation, the tug successfully resumed its voyage towards next port of call at Sharjah UAE.

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