Indian Coast Guard Intercepts Iranian Fishing Vessel Allegedly Exploiting Indian Crew
Indian Coast Guard Intercepts Iranian Fishing Vessel Allegedly Exploiting Indian Crew

Kochi: In a swift and coordinated sea-air operation, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) intercepted an Iranian fishing vessel in the Arabian Sea, just off the coast of Kerala. The vessel, carrying six Indian crew members employed on a contractual basis in Iran, was detained following allegations of exploitation and mistreatment by the boat's owner.

Responding promptly to reports of mistreatment, the ICG demonstrated its unwavering commitment to maritime security and the welfare of seafarers. The vessel was brought to Kochi for further investigation to verify the claims and ensure appropriate action is taken.

The interception underscores the significance of maintaining maritime security and protecting the rights and welfare of crew members operating in international waters. The ICG's decisive action reinforces its dedication to enforcing maritime laws and regulations.

The India Coast Guard posted on X, "@IndiaCoastGuard in a swift sea-air coordinated operation intercepts & detains #Iranian fishing vessel in #Arabian sea west off #Kerala coast with 06 #Indian crew employed on contractual basis at Iran. Crew alleges exploitation & mistreatment by the boat owner. The boat has been brought to #Kochi for further investigation. Upholding maritime security & welfare #ICG demonstrates unwavering commitment."

Further details regarding the alleged exploitation or the conditions on board the detained vessel have not been disclosed.

Earlier on May 1, India Coast Guard Ship C-153 conducted a Medical Evacuation of a 40-year-old fisherman from IFB Francis II (#Goa Regd) who sustained a head injury. Positioned 70 N miles South of Veraval, the operation occurred at 1805 hrs on 01 May. Post-evacuation, the ICG Ship provided first aid and safely transported the fisherman to Veraval.

On April 29, in consecutive Anti-Narco Operations, the India Coast Guard Ship, in collaboration with ATS Gujarat, apprehended a Fishing Boat with 173 Kg narcotics and 2 perpetrators at sea. The operation followed the seizure of a Pakistani Fishing Boat on 28 Apr.

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