Port Blair, July 12: While undertaking EEZ Surveillance of A&N islands on 10th July 2020, Coast Guard Dornier located one fishing boat adrift approximately 190 nm north-west of Port Blair. The Dornier crew with their experience and knowledge identified the boat to be Sri Lankan and same was corroborated with MRCC Colombo. The Sri Lankan boat was reportedly in distress due to technical snag. 

On receipt of information, MRCC, Port Blair immediately launched multifarious swift rescue mission. Undertaking sea-air coordinated operation, Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajkamal rescued Six Sri Lankan fishermen alongwith boat in the early morning hours of 11th July 2020, braving the rough sea and bad weather. All precautions towards covid-19 pandemic were undertaken. The crew was supplied with basic necessities and their condition was observed to be stable. The boat is being towed to Port Blair.

The Indian Coast Guard not only provides solace to fishermen and mariners in distress, but also provides humanitarian assistance. Such successful search and rescue operations will not only strengthen the regional SAR structure but also enhance the international cooperation with neighbouring countries. This operation again reflects the commitment of Coast Guard towards keeping our seas safe and secure.