Navy saves 9 of Indian merchantship’s crew

GAWADAR: The Pakistan Navy saved nine Indian crew members whose ship drowned in the Arabian sea near Gwadar, Director-General Public Relations (Navy) said Thursday.
The incident took place on August 9 (Tuesday) when an Indian sailing vessel “Jamna Sagar” sunk with 10 crew members onboard, according to the statement.
As the ship was sinking, the navy responded to a distress call and the Pakistan Maritime Information Centre requested a nearby merchant ship “MT KRUIBEKE” to provide necessary assistance to the stranded crew of the drowning sailing vessel.
“The merchant ship eventually recovered nine crew members and continued voyage to its next port Dubai and onward disembarked the crew,” the statement said.
At the same time, one Pakistan Navy ship, along with two helicopters, also reached the area and located the dead body of one crew member who was earlier missing at the time of the drowning of the sailing vessel.
The body was recovered and handed over to Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) authorities for further proceedings.
“The successful search and rescue operation by Pakistan Navy is a practical manifestation of PN’s resolve for Safety of Life at Sea”, the statement said, adding “Pakistan Navy always remained at the forefront in extending its support for any emergency search and rescue situation in its waters and beyond”.