Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) has rescued Sri Lankan and Omani seafarers in back-to-back search and rescue operations carried out separately, an official statement said.
According to Director Public Relations PMSA, Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Sri Lanka informed MRCC Pakistan that a Sri Lankan Fishing vessel Amila Sea Food-Tuna-01 is in distress around 560 nautical miles South of Karachi having suffered engine failure.
The statement also said that the PMSA responded immediately and despite the longer distance sailed its ship promptly and tasked its patrol aircraft to locate them. Concurrently, the team reached the position of the fishing vessel and recovered all five personnel, it added.
The Sri Lankan government and owner of the boat Amila Sea Food-Tuna-01 Fernando highly appreciated the efforts of the PMSA.
Only two days earlier, on the 19th of this month in a similar SAR operation, two Omani Nationals stranded at sea for the last 10 days were also rescued by the PMSA units and safely brought to Karachi.
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The survivors were received at HQ PMSA by the Consul General of Oman. The recovery of Omani nationals was highly appreciated by Omani authorities and the public at large.
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The successful SAR operations are a testimony of PMSA’s commitment to save lives at sea thus bringing a good name to the country and assuring the seafarers of its commitment to ensure the safety of seafarers at sea.