Akhilesh Mishra, the Indian envoy to Maldives has applauded the Indian Navy and the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) for rendering assistance to a Maldivian sea-going landing craft, Maria 3. The vessel which had six people on board was traveling from K Thulusdhoo, an island in Maldives to another island L Gan. The MNDF had asked the Indian Navy for assistance as they were not able to locate the vessel. A Dornier aircraft launched by the navy finally located the vessel, which had been missing for 3 days, 120 nautical miles east of Male last evening.
Upon spotting Maria 3 the aircraft relayed the location of the vessel to the Navy’s guided missile frigate, INS Kirch. The naval vessel reached the stricken Maldivian vessel early today and provided the required assistance. The forward ramp of the vessel had collapsed due to which the landing craft was unable to move forward.
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According to an ANI report, Ambassador Mishra said ”The rescue mission has displayed the traditional spirit of India-Maldives friendship and partnership”. He added that he felt very proud of the professionalism, unflinching courage and commitment to duty displayed by the Indian Naval officers in undertaking the search and rescue operation in an extremely challenging weather”.
Captain D K Sharma, spokesperson of the Indian Navy said that the 6 crew members of the Maria-3 are safe, according to a PTI report.
Mishra lauded the crew of a Navy Dornier aircraft, Advanced Light Helicopter and the guided missile frigate INS Kirch for rescuing the crew of the Maldivian craft.