A subordinate officer of the Indian Coast Guard, Uttam Adhikari Mahavir Singh has been commended by the international maritime organistaion for display of exceptional bravery at sea while assisting in the fire fighting operations onboard merchant vessel MOL Comfort, thus avoiding a pollution incident.
Singh also upheld the finest traditions of coast guard by evacuating
an injured crew member from Shipping Corporation of India Tug Urja
which was towing m/v MOL Comfort, further, without any regard to his
personal well being the coast guard officer rescued two fellow crew
members who were thrown into the sea by violent waves from the
inflatable boat of ICGS Samudra Prahri which was engaged in the fire
This is the first ever bravery commendation
received by any Indian mariner from United Nations subsidiary, IMO.
year on June 17, merchant vessel MOL Comfort,
whilst enroute from Singapore to Jeddah, was experiencing flooding
onboard due to a crack in her hull. Subsequently the ship
broke in two parts and both parts were reported to be adrift.
took over the operation in deep Arabian sea at about 900 kms away
from Indian coast. several coast guard ships and aircraft were
deployed for rescue mission, fire fighting and environment
inception the Indian Coast Guard has saved 6402 lives and conducted
3687 ship and air sorties for SAR operations.