Thursday September 23, 2021

PN, PMSA recover stranded crewmembers

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) have successfully ensured recovery of stranded crewmembers of Merchant Vessel SUVARI H in a joint assistance operation south of Karachi, the ISPR said on Friday. The PMSA’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a report that Merchant Vessel (MV) SUVARI H, which had sailed from Kandla, India, for Bossasso, Somalia, got stranded approximately 180 nautical miles south of Karachi alongwith 18 crewmembers onboard. The Pakistan Navy in coordination with the PMSA immediately tasked ships and aircraft to provide assistance to the stranded ship and save precious lives. The Pakistan Navy and PMSA aircraft, after arriving at the scene, dropped life rafts to assist the stranded crew at sea and coordinated their recovery through nearby Merchant Vessel MT ELAN VITAL. Up till now, 15 crewmembers have been recovered whereas three crewmembers are still missing. PN and PMSA ships are also conducting search and rescue operation for the missing crew around the reported position.