India’s first woman Merchant Navy captain, Radhika Menon become the first woman in the world to receive the Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea from the International Maritime Organisation for saving the lives of seven fishermen, whose hopes of survival were all but over. Radhika Menon was not thinking about survival when she led a tough rescue operation that saved seven fishermen in the Bay of Bengal.
The Incident took place in june 2015, a fishing boat called ‘Durgamma’ was caught in a dangerous storm with a broken engine. Amidst wave heights of more than 25 feet, winds of more than 60 knots and heavy rain it had drifted from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Gopalpur in Odisha.
It was spotted by Radhika Menon‘s team and the crew on board were rescued despite the difficult conditions, reports The Times of India. “I am humbled, honoured and grateful,” Menon said in an email. “It is a maritime obligation to save souls in distress at sea and, as a seafarer and master in command of my ship, I just did my duty.” Radhika Menon told The Times of India.
Radhika Menon, who hails from Kodungallur in Kerala, Five years ago, she became the first woman captain of the Indian Merchant Navy.