Coast Guard rescues 6 fishers off Rangat

Port Blair
18 Jun 2017

The Indian Coast Guard rescued six fishermen from a fishing boat Akshara in distress off  Rangat in Northern Group of islands on  June 17. At about 5 pm Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Port Blair received a request from the owner of fishing boat for rescue. On receipt of information, Indian Coast Guard promptly launched Search and Rescue operation by sailing Coast Guard Ship C-147 from Mayabunder.            
Braving rough seas and strong winds, Coast Guard Ship C-147 successfully located the distressed boat MFV Akshara 20 miles south of Mayabunder at 8 pm. The boat was taken under tow and was brought to Mayabunder harbour in midnight. The boat was adrift since 2 pm  because of engine failure.
Coast Guard has reiterated that it is important for all fishermen to carry Distress Alert Transmitter (DAT) and life saving equipment on their boats, so that they can inform Coast Guard authorities in time when in distress.  The Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at Port Blair has saved 295 lives of mariners and fishermen in the last five years. Any distress alert at sea be intimated to MRCC, Port Blair on tollfree number 1554.