First Female Captain in India to receive IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Captain Radhika Menon to received IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

story of bravery and leadership saving seven lives 

In June 22 last year - The Product Tanker Sampurna Swarajya is sailing in Bay of Bengal, the second officer spotted a boat 2.5 kilometers away, off the coast of Gopalpur, Orissa. The weather is bad, it's raining hard, the wind blows more than 60 knots and the waves height is more than 25 feet. He noticed that the boat is in trouble and in need of help, immediately relay it to the master.

sinking boat in a bad weather and rough sea
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Captain Radhika Menon immediately ordered a rescue operation, using the pilot ladder, life jackets and buoys. It's very difficult because of the heavy swells, strong wind and rain that took them three attempts to finally rescue seven weak and starving fishermen.

The seven fishermen aged from 15 to 50 years old of the fishing boat Durgamma was drifted after an engine failure and loss of anchor in severe weather. Their food and water had been washed away and only had ice on their storage. Their families had already considered them to be lost at sea, but thanks to the rescue.

They are brought to safety on board, and few days later reunited with their loved ones. The fishermen and their family are very thankful to the crew of MT Sampurna Swarajya led by Capt. Menon.

Captain Radhika Menon is the first female in the Indian Merchant Navy. She was nominated by the Government of India for the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

The IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session in London, declared the decision of the Panel of Judges that Captain Menon is indeed worthy of the award where she displayed great determination and courage in leading the difficult rescue operation.

Captain Radhika Menon, Master of MT Sampurna Swarajya, is to receive the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her role in leading the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in a difficult weather and rough sea.

Certificates of Commendation

Out of a total of 23 nominations, received from nine Member States and one inter-governmental organization, the Council also endorsed the recommendation of the Panel of Judges that four should receive Certificates of Commendation and six should receive Letters of Commendation.

The 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea ceremony is expected to take place at IMO Headquarters, on 21 November, at the end of the first day of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC).

IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

This annual Award was established by IMO to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery, displaying outstanding courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment.
To know more about the award and it's past winner click here. [link]

Captain Menon is the first female to receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, proving that gender is not a matter to be brave and become a good leader. Acts like Menon encourages women in the world to fulfill career in Maritime Industry. In fact, the world needs more women seafarers like Captain Menon. She is really worthy of the award and a very good example for all the seafarers.

Send your appreciation for Captain Radhika Menon in the comments below.
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