38 Indians evacuated safely by INS sunayana
New Delhi : 38 indians were rescued and evacuated safely.
Indian Naval Ship Sunayana entered Porbandar harbour
at 0900 hrs today on 07 Jun 2018 after successfully
evacuating 38 Indian Nationals at/ off Socotra Islands
during a swift Humanitarian and Disaster Relief
Operation (HADR), code named Operation NISTAR.
The Indian Nationals were stranded for nearly ten days
after severe Cyclonic Storm – Mekunu devastated the
area around Socotra Island.
INS Sunayna was diverted from Gulf of Aden deployment
to Socotra Island for search and rescue operations after
Indian Navy received a distress call from Directorate
General of Shipping and Indian Sailing Vessels Association.
evacuted indians reached india today
The 38 Indian nationals were successfully rescued/ evacuated in the early morning of 03 Jun 2018.
All evacuees were safely embarked onboard the ship
and were immediately provided with medical care, food,
water and telephone facilities.
Thereafter, the ship also undertook intensive surface
search and aerial reconnaissance of the area to look
for any more survivors.
Upon entering harbour INS Sunayna was received by
Rear Admiral Sanjay Roye, Flag Officer Commanding Gujarat, Daman & Diu Naval Area.
After initial briefing about the scheduled disembarkation formalities, all 38 Indian nationals were put through mandatory customs clearance and immigration checks.
They were served light refreshments.
Post completion of all the administrative formalities,
they were handed over to the civil police to facilitate
their return to native places.