Indian 1st woman to get bravery at sea award [Defence, Prelims]
Five years ago, Radhika Menon became the first woman to become captain of Indian Merchant Navy.
This year, she has 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.
Caught in a storm and with its engine having failed, fishing boat ‘ Durgamma ’ had drifted from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh all way to Gopalpur in Odisha when it was spotted by Menon’s team last year.
Fishermen’s families had believed them to be lost at sea and were preparing for their last rites when they received calls about their miraculous rescue.
Menon was at the helm of oil tanker ‘Sampurna Swarajya’ of Shipping Corporation of India and is a native of Kodungallur in Kerala.