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Indian Coast Guard conducted SAREX 2014

MI 17 Helicopter participating in the SAREX 14 off the coast of Mumbai

Indian Coast Guard, being the coordinator of the challenging task of Maritime Search and Rescue (M-SAR), conducted the 6th Search and Rescue Workshop and Exercise (SAREX-14) on 19-20 March 2014 in and around Mumbai.  Events spanning over two days, comprised of Search and Rescue (SAR) Workshop (Table Top Exercise) conducted on 19 March 2014 followed by Search and Rescue Exercise conducted at sea off Mumbai on 20 March 2014.  A total of 21 international observers form 10 maritime nations witnessed the exercise.  Besides this, members of National Maritime Search and Rescue (NMSAR) Board from various central and state departments, resources agencies and other maritime stake holders also participated in the exercise.  The SAR Workshop and Exercise assumes significance in the wake of past SAR operations like rescue of crew of MV Mol Comfort which broke into two portions about 900 Nautical Miles way from Indian west coast in June 2013 and rescue of MV Asian Express which sank 90 Nautical Miles off Minicoy Islands in July 2013.  During the exercise, the spectacular rescue demonstration by ships and aircrafts of various resource agencies showcased India’s SAR capability and its commitment to safety of life in distress at sea

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