Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
07-December-2010 16:01 IST
Indian Navy Rescues Thai National - A Victim of Pirates
On the evening of 04 December INS Krishna rescued a Thai national whilst on patrol about 350 nautical miles from Minicoy Island.

In response to reports of increase in incidents of pirate attacks in the Eastern Arabian sea, INS Krishna was deployed to patrol West of Lakshadweep Islands. INS Krishna located a Thai trawler named 'Prantalay 12' which was being used as a mother ship, after having been hijacked several months ago.

On sighting INS Krishna the trawler started heading Westwards at maximum speed away from the islands. One of the Thai nationals held hostage on board was seen to be pushed into the sea. INS Krishna immediately rescued the Thai national and provided necessary medical aid. The Thai national has been brought back to Kochi for further formalities.

The trawler 'Prantalay 12' is the second suspected mother vessel that was cleared from the Eastern Arabian Sea. It maybe recalled that an Indian Navy Ship had cleared MT Polar, another mother pirate vessel from this area a few days ago.

IN and CG ships and aircraft continue to patrol the areas of reported pirate attacks in an effort to ensure safety of the sea lanes of communication. However, the requirement for all ships to adopt Best Management Practices, as prescribed by the IMO, remains vital to ensure safety of shipping from piracy.