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Navy rescues 38 from Socotra

Lifesaver:Patrol vessel INS Sunayna reached Socotraon Sunday morning to help the Indians.File photo

Lifesaver:Patrol vessel INS Sunayna reached Socotraon Sunday morning to help the Indians.File photo  

In a swift operation, the Navy on Sunday rescued 38 Indians from Socotra in Yemen where they were stranded for nearly 10 days after Cyclone Mekenu devastated the island.

The Navy diverted its ship INS Sunayna from the Gulf of Aden to Socotra on Saturday to undertake Operation NISTAR to rescue the Indians, Navy spokesperson Captain D.K. Sharma said.

He said the Indians were rescued off the coast of Socotra early in the morning and they were heading home on board INS Sunayna . All of them were safe.

“The operation, code-named ‘NISTAR’, was carried out on the morning of June 3 off the coast of Socotra. The evacuated Indians were immediately provided with medical care, food, water and telephone facilities to call and reassure their families at home,” Captain Sharma said.

He said the ship was proceeding towards Porbandar.

Cyclone Mekenu hit Socotra on May 24, leaving a trail of devastation.

Three vessels sink

“Three Indian dhows at Socotra suffered damage and sank alongside in the harbour and another dhow, MSV Safina Al Khijar , with 12 Indians on board, is reported to be missing,” the Navy spokesperson said.

INS Sunayna was deployed after the Navy received a distress call from the Directorate-General of Shipping and the Indian Sailing Vessels Association.

The Navy had undertaken two aerial sorties on May 28 and 29 to search for the missing Indians.

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