Indian Navy is engaged in multiple Search and Rescue operations after the Cyclone Tauktae along with the Indian West Coast since 17 May.
According to a press release issued by the Indian Navy, in a swift response to SOS by an Indian vessel adrift in the Arabian Sea, a naval helicopter was dispatched early morning today, 17th May, for rescuing the stranded crew of Indian flagged Tug ‘Coromandel Supporter IX’, which was adrift North West of Mangalore, Karnataka.
Due to cyclone Tauktae, rough seas had resulted in flooding of the vessel’s machinery compartments rendering it without propulsion and power supply and the crew without any support. The Indian Navy Helo was dispatched early morning, 17th May 21, after failed attempts to rescue by boat. Four crew members were winched by helo safely.
On receipt of a request for assistance for a Barge ‘P305’ adrift off Heera Oil Fields in Bombay High area with 273 personnel onboard, INS Kochi was swiftly sailed with despatch to assess the situation and render assistance, as required. INS Talwar is also preparing to sail out.
In response to another SOS received from Barge, ‘GAL Constructor’ with 137 people on board about eight nautical miles from Mumbai INS Kolkata has also been sailed with despatch to render assistance.
Continuing with the preparations to tackle cyclone Tauktae, 11 Indian Navy Diving Teams have been kept on standby and ready for deployment in case of any request from State authorities. 12 Flood Rescue Teams and medical teams have also been earmarked for immediate response and deployment. Repair and rescue teams have been formed to undertake urgent infrastructural repairs post-cyclone if required.
Various ships along the Western seaboard are on standby with aid and relief material for immediate assistance to affected areas as required and to assist fishing boats/ small boats stranded due to rough weather. Navy’s Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft on surveillance are continuously broadcasting cyclone warnings to fishers.
As informed earlier, relief operations by naval teams were also undertaken at Kochi, Kerala. Three diving teams and Quick Reaction Teams from Southern Naval Command were deployed at Chellanam (Kochi) to assist the local populace stranded. These teams ferried food, water, and provisions to the relief camp, which was inaccessible by vehicles due to heavy waterlogging. Stranded people were transported in Gemini rubber craft from their houses to relief camps on higher ground at Ernakulam and Chellanam. The Naval team also provided water and essentials to the Cortina hospital, Chellanam, utterly inaccessible due to waterlogging.
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