Maldivian captain rescued by Lankan Navy
The Sri Lanka Navy rescued the seriously ill Captain of a Maldivian
merchant ship on April 09 around Little Basses Reef, about 500
kilometers South-East Sri Lanka.
Navy Spokesman Captain Athula Senarath told the Daily News that in
response to the Maldivian request, Sri Lanka Naval Ship Shakthi was
immediately dispatched and the Captain was transferred safely ashore at
the Galle Harbour under treatment and supervision of a Naval medical
Maldivian Captain Mohomad Naeem of the Lilly Line merchant
ship being handed over to the Sri Lanka Naval Dvora in the
mid sea from the Sri Lanka Naval Ship Shakthi.
The Shakthi went to the merchant vessel Lily Line took-over the
patient, Maldivian Captain Mohomad Naeem and on its way to shore he was
handed over to a high speed naval vessel (dvora) to bring him ashore
Thereafter he was handed over to the local shipping agent and was
admitted to a Hospitals in Sri Lanka.
The merchant ship Lilly Line, a container carrier sailing under the
Maldivian flag was sailing from Male to the Port Kelang in Malaysia.The
seriously ill Captain was in need of proper medical care and the Shore
Medical Advisor had instructed him to undergo urgent medical treatment
at his earliest at the medical facility available closest to the ship.
Under the circumstances the Maldivian Coast Guard Headquarters made a
request from the Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters, Colombo, for assistance to
rescue the Captain ailing on board MV “Lilly Line.”As per the
conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the
International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), Sri Lanka Navy has been
given the responsibility to carry out search and rescue operations in a
vast sea area around the country which is 27 times its land mass. The
Sri Lanka Navy frequently assists merchant and fishing vessels which
undergo distress while operating in this area.