BANGLADESHI FISHERMEN RESCUED BY INDIAN COAST GUARD HANDED OVER TO BANGLADESH COAST GUARD

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Indian Coast Guard rescues 27 Bangladeshi fishermen hands over them to Bangladesh Coast Guard on April 04, 2024.
Indian Coast Guard rescues 27 Bangladeshi fishermen hands over them to Bangladesh Coast Guard on April 04, 2024.
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BANGLADESHI FISHERMEN RESCUED BY INDIAN COAST GUARD HANDED OVER TO BANGLADESH COAST GUARD

         In a swift operation, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued 27 Bangladeshi fishermen on 04 April 24, stranded on their fishing boat at sea. At about 1130 hrs on 04th April 24 Indian Coast Guard Ship Amogh during a patrol at Indo-Bangladesh International Maritime Border Line (IMBL), sighted a Bangladeshi fishing boat (BFB) Sagar II, adrift inside Indian waters.  ICG ship launched a boarding team to investigate. During the investigation, it was revealed that the boat had a steering gear breakdown for the last two days and had been adrift since then, which led to the boat drifting inside Indian waters. The BFB  had 27 crew/fishermen onboard.

           The Indian Coast Guard technical team tried to identify and rectify the defect, but it was observed that the rudder of the boat was completely damaged and could not be repaired at sea. As the sea state and weather conditions were condusive, it was decided that the distressed boat would be towed to the Indo-Bangladesh IMBL and handed over to another Bangladeshi fishing boat operating across IMBL or to Bangladesh Coast Guard Ship, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard.

Indian Coast Guard rescues 27 Bangladeshi fishermen hands over them to Bangladesh Coast Guard on April 04, 2024.
Indian Coast Guard rescues 27 Bangladeshi fishermen hands over them to Bangladesh Coast Guard on April 04, 2024.

           In the Meantime Indian Coast Guard Regional Headquarters at Kolkata established communication with the Bangladesh Coast Guard and informed them about the incident and plan of action. Bangladesh Coast Guard Ship (BCGS) Kamaruzzaman was deployed by BCG for the towing of BFB.   BCG Ship Kamaruzzaman arrived near the IMBL at about  1845 hrs on 4th April 24. ICGS Amogh handed over the 27 Bangladeshi fishermen alongwith their boat to BCG ship Kamaruzzaman.

          The operation reflects the commitment of the Indian Coast Guard to safeguarding precious lives at sea against all odds. Such successful Search and Rescue operations will not only strengthen the regional SAR structure but also enhances international cooperation with neighbouring countries. This is in keeping with the motto of the Indian Coast Guard “VAYAM RAKSHAMAH” which means “WE PROTECT”.

Indian Coast Guard rescues 27 Bangladeshi fishermen hands over them to Bangladesh Coast Guard on April 04, 2024.
Indian Coast Guard rescues 27 Bangladeshi fishermen hands over them to Bangladesh Coast Guard on April 04, 2024.

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Antara Tripathy M.Sc., B.Ed. by qualification and bring 15 years of media reporting experience.. Coverred many illustarted events like, G20, ICC,MCCI,British High Commission, Bangladesh etc. She took over from the founder Editor of IBG NEWS Suman Munshi (15/Mar/2012- 09/Aug/2018 and October 2020 to 13 June 2023).
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