Navy rescues fishing vessel near Ormara, saves 18 fishermen from drowning
Recovered fishermen in a group photo with PN Search and Rescue team after successful operation. —Navy PR
Pakistan Navy rescued 18 fishermen from a sinking fishing boat near Ormara Coast, said a statement issued on Sunday.
The fishing vessel “Al-Rehman” which had sailed from Karachi on December 25 with 18 fishermen on board lost propulsion as both of its engines became defective, read the statement.
Navy rescue team recoveres the fishermen near Ormara. —Navy PR
On receipt of distress message at Jinnah Naval Base Ormara from the boat that it was heavily flooded and would sink with 18 persons on board if not rescued swiftly, a Pakistan Navy rescue team was promptly dispatched, said the Pakistan Navy release.
The navy team reportedly faced heavy swells, strong chilly winds and extremely poor visibility throughout the operation.
Rescue team recovering the fishermen from a sinking fishing. —Navy PR
The commander of Jinnah Naval Base, Ormara, is said to have personally overseen the execution of the search and rescue operation on board the rescue craft.
After nearly three-hour of teamwork, all 18 fishermen were rescued from the sinking boat, said the navy spokesperson.
“The rescued fishermen were severely dehydrated from the ordeal. They were brought to Jinnah Naval Base at Ormara and given medical care and much needed nourishment,” it concluded.