Radhika Menon, a captain in the merchant navy, has become the first woman captain in the world to receive the Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea from the International Maritime Organisation. She is also the first woman to become a captain in the Indian merchant navy.
In 2015, she saved the lives of seven fishermen who were caught in a storm in the Bay of Bengal. The incident took place in June when fishing boat ‘Durgamma’ had drifted from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh all the way to Gopalpur in Odisha.
When the storm hit the boat, all the food and drinking water was washed away and they survived on ice from the boat’s cold storage. The family members of fishermen had lost all hope.
Source: Times Of India
The storm took so long that the waves were over 25 feet high accompanied by high speed winds. The boat was spotted by the second officer on the oil tanker Sampurna Swarajya, which was 2.5 kilometres away off the coast of Gopalpur in Odisha.
Menon successfully completed the rescue operation utilising all resources on board including the pilot ladder, life jackets and buoys on standby.
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