Indian Naval Ship Teg on Saturday helped rescue 17 fishermen who were stranded on a fishing boat–Vaishno Devi Mata–in the Mumbai offshore area.
The fishing boat had developed engine failure and begun flooding in the middle of the sea while ferrying through the wind speeds of about 45 knots.
The boat tethered itself to an unused ONGC platform in the vicinity. The ONGC personnel on the platform managed to save only one fisherman.
SCI ship Urja, which was in the vicinity, later attempted to tow the fishing boat to safety but found it very difficult to do so in the severe weather conditions.
INS Teg, a frigate of the Western Fleet, returning from hits deployment in the Arabian Sea, was immediately diverted to the area to provide support and undertake rescue operations.
After multiple approaches, INS Teg was able to rescue all 17 fishermen onboard to safety. A few minutes after all fishermen were recsued, the fishing boat sank.
All rescued fishermen are in good health and did not suffer any major injuries during the rescue. They are currently returning to Mumbai onboard the Indian Naval warship.