Successful evacuation of a Pakistani crew onboard MV Haykal has been carried out on Monday by the Indian Coast Guard (ICG). The ship was in the Bay of Bengal, at an estimated distance of 100 nautical miles.
An Indian Coast Guard spokesperson said that the initial plea of the area for the evacuation of Master Mr Hashain Badar, was received by the ICG in Chennai. The master, who is a Pakistani national, had suffered a stroke, rendering him bedridden.
Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre diverted ICG’s Rani Rashmoni to aid in the service of the vessel. M/s Jyothi Maritime Agency, the ship representative was also contacted by the Indian Coast Guard authorities.
The ship was sailing with a crew of 29, which included 18 Indians, 9 Pakistanis and Myanmar as well as Russian crew.
At about 2230 hours, the ship was drawn away from its due course to arrive in the Indian port city of Vizag.
With assistance from port officials, the master was deboarded from Rani Rashmoni and admitted to the closest hospital.
Port officials could be heard saying that the patient had been restored to a stable condition, and is currently under observation.
#ICG MRCC(CHN) coordinated Medevac of MV Haykal Pakistani Master who suffered heart stroke & reqd immediate medical assistance. Vessel bound for Gopalpur directed to close Vizag Hbr. Patient disembarked AM 13 Jul by VPT Pilot boat & shifted to hospital for further management pic.twitter.com/6qYBTu3CwV
— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) July 13, 2020