Indian Coast Guard evacuates 50 persons at Okha

In a swift and well-coordinated move, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) evacuated 50 lives on 13 June 2023 at Okha, Gujarat as a preventive measure against severe cyclone Biprajoy. The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) had requested Indian Coast Guard (ICG) for the evacuation of 50 crew from jack-up rig ‘KEY SINGAPORE/01’ located 25 nm west of Okha, Gujarat on 12 June 2023.

On receipt of the request, ICG initiated the operation for the safe evacuation of all 50 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 the first light on 13 June 2023 which resulted in the safe evacuation of the remaining 24 crew, bringing all 50 crew to safety ashore. The operation has been completed successfully.

The cyclone ‘BIPARJOY’ (Extremely severe cyclonic storm) has been noticed forming in the Arabian Sea from 06 June 2023. ICG has been undertaking pre-emptive and preventive measures at sea.