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Indian Navy deploys Air MR in Southern Indian Ocean to search missing Chinese fishing vessel

New Delhi: In a statement on Thursday, the Indian Navy said that on May 17, they will place Air MR assets in the Southern Indian Ocean Region, approximately 900 nautical miles from India, in response to the sinking of the Chinese fishing vessel Lu Peng Yuan Yu 028 with 39 crew members on board. Nationals […]

Edited By : Yashashvi Tak | Updated: May 18, 2023 18:31 IST
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New Delhi: In a statement on Thursday, the Indian Navy said that on May 17, they will place Air MR assets in the Southern Indian Ocean Region, approximately 900 nautical miles from India, in response to the sinking of the Chinese fishing vessel Lu Peng Yuan Yu 028 with 39 crew members on board. Nationals from China, Indonesia, and the Philippines made up the crew.

In a display of India’s obligations as a credible & responsible partner for ensuring safety at sea, the Indian Navy units also coordinated SAR efforts with other units in the area and guided PLA(N) warships transiting to the scene of the incident. P8I aircraft have carried out multiple & extensive searches despite adverse weather and located multiple objects possibly belonging to the sunken vessel. As an immediate response, SAR eqpt was deployed at the scene by the Indian aircraft on request of PLA(N) ships closing the area.

On Tuesday, a Chinese deep-sea fishing vessel overturned in the central Indian Ocean, leaving 39 persons on board missing, including 17 Chinese mariners, 17 Indonesian mariners, and five Philippine mariners.

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First published on: May 18, 2023 06:31 PM IST

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