ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy rescued Indian fishermen in the open sea after their boat was stranded due to loss of engine propulsion.
Pakistan Navy Ship Alamgir (Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate) while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSOs) in the Gulf of Aden undertook a successful rescue operation of the stranded Indian fishing dhow “St Marys”. The Indian crew raised ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans as Pakistan Navy Ship rescued them in the open sea.
The Indian fishing boat, which sailed from Indian port of Colochel, was reported to have become non-operational due to loss of engine propulsion in open sea near the Salalah (Oman) for last eight days with 12 crew men on-board.
On receipt of information and request for help about the stranded fishing dhow, the Pakistan Navy ship was promptly dispatched to the spot, which through its technical team rectified the defect in the boat engine and made it operational and seaworthy.
The stranded boat crew was dehydrated and also required medical care and edibles. A spokesman of Pakistan Navy said that PNS Alamgir rescue team provided edibles and medical care to the crew members of the Indian fishing dhow. Master and crew of the stranded boat thanked for the kind gesture and swift response of the Pakistan Navy Ship. The fishing dhow thereafter shaped course to India port.
The spokesman said that Pakistan Navy ships are active participants of the Multinational Task Force-150 and Task Force-151, which are mandated to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSOs) and anti-piracy operations respectively.
Since 2004, the Pakistan Navy has been a major contributor of ships and aircraft in these multinational task forces. Role and contribution of the Pakistan Navy to maintain peace and order at sea has been widely acknowledged in the world. “The rescue operation by Pakistan Navy also manifests the strong commitment and resolve of the government of Pakistan to promote and safeguard peace in the region,” the spokesman added.