102 Myanmarese fishermen rescued so far from A&N

Since March 19, the MRCC Port Blair had launched a massive search and rescue operation in Andaman Sea.

Published: 28th March 2011 12:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:46 PM   |  A+A-

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Staff of the Indian Coast Guard Ship Durgabai Deshmukh with some of the Myanmarese fishermen, who were rescued from A&N - Express

PORT BLAIR: The Indian Coast Guard, with the help of Andaman and Nicobar Police and Civil Administration, has so far rescued 102 Myanmarese National from Andaman Sea.

Since March 19, when Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) of Yangon alerted MRCC of Port Blair about Myanmarese fishermen being washed away alongwith their bamboo rafts due to prevailing severe inclement weather conditions, the MRCC Port Blair had launched a massive search and rescue operation in Andaman Sea.

In ongoing search and rescue operation, the ICG has saved 102 distressed lives of Myanmarese nationals till Sunday. ICGS Aruna Asaf Ali handed over 45 rescued Myanmarese nationals to local administration on March 25 and ICGS Durgabai Deshmukh entered Port Blair with 9 rescued Myanmarese nationals and handed over them to local administration on Sunday, Commandant B K Singh, the Public Relations Officer of A & N Coast Guard Region, told Express on Sunday.

He said that a team from Coast Guard District Head Quarter-9, Diglipur, also   rescued 10 Myanmarese during a search conducted at Caddle Bay since Saturday night and all rescued Myanmarese were handed over to local administration.

All rescued personnel have been given first aid, medical care, he added.

According to media reports from Myanmar, it is feared that nearly 3500 are still missing since a tropical storm on March 14-16.

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