Rawalpindi, PMSA’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received the report that Merchant Vessel (MV) SUVARI H which had sailed from Kandla, India for Bossasso, Somalia got stranded approx 180 Nautical Miles south of Karachi alongwith 18 crew members onboard at sea. Pakistan Navy in coordination with PMSA, immediately tasked ships and aircraft to provide assistance to the stranded ship and save precious lives.
Pakistan Navy and PMSA aircraft, after arriving at scene of incident dropped life rafts to assist stranded crew at sea and coordinated their recovery through nearby Merchant Vessel MT ELAN VITAL. Up till now, 15 crew members have been recovered whereas 3 crew members are still missing.
Pakistan Navy and PMSA ships are also conducting search and rescue operation for the missing crew around the reported position.
Pakistan Navy, being overall coordinator of NAVAREA IX, always accords priority to maritime safety and responds immediately to render assistance to shipping community in distress at sea.