Radhika Menon, first women to be awarded IMO bravery award:
India’s first female Merchant Navy captain, Radhika Menon has become the first woman to be awarded by the IMO for exceptional bravery in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous Bay of Bengal waters last year.
Menon, who was nominated by the Indian government, became the first woman to receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, an annual award established by IMO to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery.
She was awarded for the successful rescue of all seven fishermen from the fishing boat which was adrift following engine failure and loss of anchor in severe weather. Food and water had been washed away and they were surviving on ice from the cold storage.
The Sampurna Swarajya vessel operated by the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd spotted the boat 2.5 km away, off the coast of Gopalpur, Orissa. Menon, who was in charge of the vessel, ordered a rescue operation, utilising the pilot ladder, with life jackets and buoys on standby.
What is IMO?
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations which is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent marine pollution.