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”.