In­dian Navy’s search and rescue op­er­a­tions


South­ern Naval Com­mand con­tin­ued ‘OP Sa­hayam’, an In­dian Navy ex­er­cise for un­der­tak­ing Search and Rescue (SAR) and pro­vid­ing Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance and Dis­as­ter re­lief (HADR) ma­te­rial sup­port, over South­east Ara­bian Sea and Lak­shad­weep and Mini­coy is­lands in the af­ter­math of Very Se­vere Cy­clonic Storm ‘Ockhi’. Nine naval ships in­clud­ing front­line ships from West­ern Naval Com­mand INS Chen­nai, Kolkata and four types of air­craft in­clud­ing long range mar­itime re­con­nais­sance air­craft P-8I, Dornier, SeaKing and Chetak were con­tin­ued to be de­ployed over an ex­tended SAR area up to 300 miles west of L& M is­lands and 450 miles off Ker­ala coast.

On De­cem­ber 6, 2017, based on re­quest from fish­ing com­mu­nity, INS Kalpeni em­barked six lo­cal fish­er­men from Kochi and INS Kabra em­barked two fish­er­men from Kol­lam to join the on­go­ing SAR ef­forts and to fa­cil­i­tate guided search for miss­ing fish­ing ves­sels, based on spe­cific in­puts pro­vided by these fish­er­men. Both naval ships will re­turn to Kochi post com­ple­tion of the search op­er­a­tions as per guid­ance of­fered by the fish­er­men on­board.

INS Ja­muna po­si­tioned at Kavaratti has pro­vided 12,000 litres of fresh wa­ter as re­quested by L&M administration. The HADR ma­te­rial re­quired for the is­land has al­ready been de­liv­ered by INS Chen­nai.

INS Sharda, which had re­turned to Kochi for re­fu­el­ing has now em­barked ma­te­ri­als such as 2000 litres fresh wa­ter, medicines, food, emer­gency lights, petrol, por­ta­ble 10 KVA power gen­er­a­tors, tool kits, boiler suitsn etc as re­quested by Mini­coy administration. The items will be de­liv­ered in the morn­ing on De­cem­ber 7, 2017.

The swift and timely ac­tion of In­dian Navy has thus far pro­vided as­sis­tance to 187 per­sons at sea, be­sides sav­ing 148 lives and un­der­tak­ing evac­u­a­tion of three bod­ies from deep sea.

All search and rescue ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing con­ducted in co­or­di­na­tion with cen­tral agen­cies.

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