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Indian Coast Guard saves 11 lives at high seas

In a sea-air coordinated Search and Rescue ops, the Indian Coast Guard saved the lives of 11 crew members of the merchant vessel ITT Panther which sank in the north east part of Bay of Bengal on 20th July.

The ITT Panther, a general cargo vessel had left Kolkata on 15th July with construction materials scheduled to reach Port Blair on 20th July. On the early morning hours of 20th July, the vessel developed dangerous tilt due to shifting of cargo in the rough monsoon and the situation became critical, the crew raised distress signal and decided to abandon the vessel in life rafts.

On receipt of distress message, the Coast Guard immediately launched the rescue operation with an aircraft and two coast guard vessels to spot out the crew members and rescue them from the distress.

As part of its charter duties, the Coast Guard carries out S & R ops at sea. In 2017, the Coast Guard has saved 33 lives in 18 rescue missions.

This is in keeping with the motto of the Coast Guard: “Vayam Rakshama: We protect”.
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