Pakistan Navy rescue Iranian Fishermen from Sunken Dhow at Open Sea

ISLAMABAD, Jun 9 (APP):Pakistan Navy Sea King helicopters successfully rescued crew members of Sunken Iranian Dhow
in North Arabian Sea (NAS).
Upon receipt of information about distressed Dhow (AL RAMANI) bearing flag of Islamic Republic of
Iran, 11 x crew members (Fishermen) onboard, Pakistan Navy promptly responded and launched
search and rescue operation, said a press release.
Two Pakistan Navy Sea King Helicopters were immediately directed to search, locate and rescue
distressed boat crew.
Helicopters equipped with search and rescue gear along with para medical staff swiftly reached deep
sea area at South West of Karachi in shortest possible time and conducted aerial search for fishing boat.
After rigorous search efforts in prevailing rough sea and low visibility conditions at open sea, survivors
were located by helicopter aircrew.
The operation was amicably augmented by Pakistan Navy Ship NASR, which was already present in
NAS on routine patrol.
In a very short span of time 11 survivors were recovered onboard Sea King helicopters through winching
operation and necessary first aid was rendered. The survived crew members thanked Pakistan Navy for
prompt and professional response.
The rescue operation lasted for about one and half hour resulting in safe recovery of all Iranian crew
members to Pakistan Navy Air Base, PNS MEHRAN at Karachi.
Finally, the salvaged Iranian crew was handed over to HQ Pakistan Maritime Security Agency for
further handling of the survivors as per the provisions of law.
Naval forces have an inherent capability of flexibility and reach which have been clearly
manifested/employed during this rescue operation at open sea. Our ships, flying the green flag
around the globe are reflection of our national character, resilience and unrelenting commitment
to the humanitarian cause.