Indian Coast Guard (ICG) , in a swift and well-coordinated move, evacuated 50 at Okha (Gujarat) as a preventive measure of severe cyclone Biprajoy. The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) had requested Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for evacuation of 50 crew from jack up rig ‘KEY SINGAPORE/01’ located 25 nm west of Okha, Gujarat on Monday.
According to a press release , on receipt of the request, ICG initiated the operation for the safe evacuation of all crews onboard the rig in rough weather and high seas. ICG Ship SHOOR was diverted immediately for rescue operations. Meanwhile, ICG Helicopter (CG 858) was also positioned from Rajkot to Okha for evacuation.
” In a nerve-racking operation, ICG evacuated 26 crew by the evening of 12 June, 2023. Consequently, the operation resumed with first light on 13 June, 2023 which resulted in safe evacuation of the remaining 24 crew, bringing all 50 crew to safety ashore. The operation has been completed successfully,” said a release.
The cyclone ‘BIPORJOY’ (Extremely severe cyclonic storm) has been noticed forming in Arabian Sea from June 6, 2023. ICG has been undertaking such kind of pre-emptive and preventive measures at sea earlier as well .