INS Sumedha assists stranded vessel near Somali coast
A view of Al-Hamid, a dhow with Indian crew, which was in distress off the coast of Somalia and was rescued by Indian Naval Ship Sumedha, which was on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, on January 6, 2020.

INS Sumedha assists stranded vessel near Somali coast

New Delhi, January 8, 2020

Indian Naval Ship (INS) Sumedha, presently on anti-piracy patrol in the Gulf of Aden, came to the rescue of the crew of a dhow, Al-Hamid, which was stranded near the Somali coast, on Monday.

The dhow was detected by a Navy helicopter launched from the deck of Sumedha, which confirmed that the vessel was in distress and drifting near the coast of Somalia, a press release from the Navy said.

A boarding team along with a naval technical team embarked Al-Hamid for routine checks onboard and rendered assistance.

The crew of Al-Hamid comprised 13 Indian citizens.

The technical team assessment revealed that the dhow had suffered a broken main engine shaft, which was not repairable at sea. The dhow was then towed to safety away from the Somali coast.

Meanwhile, the owner of the dhow Al-Hamid, has sent another vessel for towing the dhow to port for repairs.

Before departure, INS Sumedha provided fresh water and medical supplies to the crew of the dhow, the release added.

NNN

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