An Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship with survivors rescued from a sinking merchant vessel on Wednesday has safely reached the Porbandar harbour. All 22 crew members, including a Pakistani and a Sri Lankan, are safe.
Thoroughly exhausted and still tense after the harrowing experience, the crew members expressed their gratitude to ICG for a miraculous rescue operation. This operation was in sync with ICG’s Wednesday mission where they rescued 22 people from a sinking ship in the Arabian Sea, roughly 185 km off Porbandar in Gujarat.
The mission was undertaken after a distress call was received at 8 a.m. on July 6. All 22 crew members (20 Indians, 1 Pakistani and 1 Sri Lankan) are in good health and were transported to Porbandar.
Around 8:20 a.m., ICG got a distress call regarding heavy flooding on board the commercial ship Global King-1. According to reports, the ship was 185 km off the shore of Porbandar. ICG immediately galvanised into action right away and made contact with the affected parties.
By 9 a.m., an Indian Coast Guard Dornier aircraft was dispatched from Indian Coast Guard Air Station Porbandar to investigate the issue and get in touch with the neighbouring vessels despite the stormy weather. As soon as the Dornier arrived in the vicinity, it dropped a life raft for the crew. The already at sea CG Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) and ICG Ship ‘Shoor’were both instructed to head straight for the location.
The crew was brought to the ship after being plucked by helicopter from the survivor life raft. This entire operation lasted for approximately eight hours, culminating in the rescue of all 22 personnel.