Seven fishermen owe their lives to Captain Radhika Menon.
These fishermen were left stranded at the dangerous waters at Andhra Pradesh’s coast after their engine failed.
The boat was caught in a storm and the fishing boat ‘Durgamma’ drifted from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Gopalpur in Odisha.
The families of these fishermen believed them to be dead.
For weeks, they were drifting helplessly until Captain Radhika Menon’s rescued them.
For showing such exceptional bravery, she received the Award for Bravery at Sea from the International Maritime Organisation.
Six years ago, Radhika Menon became the first woman become captain of Indian Merchant Navy.
Throwing light on the incident, the Shipment Ministry said:
“Radhika Menon was at the helm of the oil tanker Sampurna Swarajya and spotted the vessel 2.5 km away. “Through wave heights of more than 25 feet, winds of more than 60 knots and heavy rain, on 22 June, the second officer on the Sampurna Swarajya spotted the boat 2.5 kilometres away, off the coast of Gopalpur, Odisha. Captain Menon immediately ordered a rescue operation, utilising the pilot ladder and with life jackets on standby.”
Captain Menon thinks she just did her duty. “It is a maritime obligation to save souls in distress at sea and, as a seafarer and master in command of my ship, I just did my duty”.
She said that commanding a merchant ship is just like any woman heading an organisation.
She joined the Shipping Corporation of India as a trainee radio officer after her Class XII exams in 1991.
She was the first woman radio officer too. She climbed this hierarchy after passing every exam and went on to became the first woman to receive the bravery award.
Radhika Menon’s rescue decision gave hope to the fishermen’s families and gave us a new inspiring figure.
H/T: The Times of India
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