Indian Coast Guard officials come to the aid of Sri Lankan national with heart ailment

Indian Coast Guard officials come to the aid of Sri Lankan national with heart ailment

Officials of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) came to the aid of a Sri Lankan national who was on fishing vessel ‘Kalpeni’ which was about 100 nautical miles off the coast of Chennai in southern India’s Tamil Nadu.

This incident happened on April 5.

Visuals showed the ICG officials conducting the rescue operation wherein the man, 44 years old, was airlifted and taken away for treatment. A stretcher-like object was lowered from an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and the man was brought up onto it from the Sri Lankan fishing vessel. He was later handed over to the Sri Lankan diplomatic officials for further treatment. As per a report, the boat had started its journey from the ‘Codbay’ fishing vessel on March 22 with six crew members on board and the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Colombo later stated that no communication could be made with the boat from March 28.

On April 3, the boat was spotted by a ship of the Indian Coast Guard about 40 nautical miles from the Puducherry harbour and later, crew members of the ICG went abroad the Sri Lankan fishing vessel in a bid to deal with the technical problem that had caused it to enter the Indian waters. The Sri Lankan authorities subsequently requested that the boat be towed back to the port from where it had set sail and the ICG, which monitored the fishing vessel, subsequently found out one of the crew members with a heart condition which needed immediate attention.

The Sri Lankan national was subsequently provided first aid by the ICG before he was taken away for further treatment.

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