PSMA rescues five Sri Lankan, two Omani sailors

Karachi: The Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PSMA) has managed to save the lives of Sri Lankan and Omani sailors in two consecutive separate incidents.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) Sri Lanka on Tuesday informed MRCC Pakistan that Sri Lankan fishing vessel Amila Sea Food-Tuna-01 was in distress due to an engine failure about 560 nautical miles south of Karachi, PMSA said.

The PMSA responded quickly and, despite the long range, immediately dispatched its ship, working its patrol aircraft to locate them.

Concurrently, the PMSA began coordinating with all merchant vessels passing close to the distressed Sri Lankan fishing vessel status. A tanker, MT Al Tayer, answered the call and PMSA directed it towards the distressed Sri Lankan fishing vessel. The tanker reached the position of the fishing vessel at around 10 pm and recovered all the five personnel.

It said that the Government of Sri Lanka and the owner of Amila Sea Food-Tuna-01 highly appreciated the efforts of PMSA.

In a similar search and rescue operation on Sunday, two Omani nationals stranded at sea for the last 10 days were also rescued by PMSA units and brought to Karachi safely.

The survivors were welcomed by the Consul General of Oman. The recovery of Omani citizens was highly appreciated by the Omani authorities and the public at large.

Published in Dawn, June 23, 2022