1.       In series with bi-annual National level search and rescue exercise under the aegis of National Maritime Search and Rescue Board (NMSARB), the Indian Coast Guard conducted large scale exercise off Mumbai on 13-14 Jan 12. The exercise with code name SAREX-12 involved participation by 07 Coast Guard ships, 01 Naval ship along with 02 Coast Guard helicopters, 02 Coast Guard Dornier aircraft and one Indian Air Force helicopter. The exercise was witnessed by all Stake holders of NMSARB board and observers from other resource agencies in India along with foreign observers from 09 Maritime nations (Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Seychelles, Philippines, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Maldives) for the first time.

2.       The exercise involved one day Workshop and Table top exercise on 13 Jan 12 followed by sea exercise off Mumbai on 14 Jan 12. During the sea exercise, an air crash scenario was simulated wherein one air craft with 100 passengers on passage from Mumbai to Muscat crashed at sea due to technical snag. The air craft ditched close to a merchant vessel which lost steerage way and consequently collided with fishing boat leading to all units in distress at sea. All survivors were rescued during three hrs long operation launched by Coast Guard Regional Headquarters (West) and coordinated by Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai. On receipt of the incident, ship and air craft were diverted from patrol while additional ship and helicopters were deployed for large scale rescue operation by search and rescue units of various resources agencies. Contingency plan of all resources agencies were revalidated during the rescue and evolution of casualty to shore based hospitals in additional to medical facilities onboard Naval and Coast Guard ships.

3.       The successful National Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise reiterated India’s Maritime Capabilities besides building confidence in National and International  Maritime fraternity while operating in Indian waters. The exercise with effective cooperation by all resources agencies was appreciated and applauded by all observers. This is in sync with Indian Coast Guard and commitment to attend all maritime distress and save precious lives at sea.           

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