Jt. operation rescues 3 Onge tribes from Dugong creek

Port Blair
18 Jun 2017

In a joint rescue operation by Police, Forest and Indian Coast Guard personnel, three Onge Tribal were rescued on Saturday in Little Andaman. Indian Coast Guard Station at Hut Bay received information from SHO at 4.45 pm on  June 16 regarding missing of three Onge  tribes. As per locals, they went for hunting at Pathar Nallah area adjacent to Dugong Creek on  June 14 and did not return to their settlement.
A joint land search party was launched for rescue of these missing tribes at night. Also, Coast Guard Ship C-412 sailed from Hutbay for close coast seaward search near Dugong Creek area. The search was unfruitful in view of dense forest and pitch darkness.  Meanwhile, helicopter carrying ship Vishwast of Indian Coast Guard was diverted towards the Little Andaman to augment rescue operation.
The Coast Guard helicopter was launched from Indian Coast Guard Ship Vishwast in early morning hours on  June 17 to undertake sea-air coordinated search with CG ships C-412 and land search party. These efforts paid, as the missing tribals got attracted towards the engine sound of the Police Marine Force Boat which was anchored off  Bumilla Creek for a lunch break whilst at rescue operation. Consequently, rescue team could locate the missing Onge tribals. The Onges were found in a very weak physical state due to starvation and severe dehydration. Therefore, they were brought to medical sub centre at Onge settlement camp where their physical condition was stabilised by the paramedic staff. On further advice of paramedic staff they were shifted to primary health centre, RK Pur for sebsequent treatment.
The Onges call themselves “Eniregale” which means Perfect Person’’. The Indian Coast Guard at all times is fervent to assist administration and forest department towards saving these aboriginal tribals across the isles.