Emarat Maritime’s 55,000 dwt bulk carrier Dubai Knight carried out a dramatic rescue of 22 fishermen off Chittagong, after their vessels capsized during tropical storm Mora which hit Bangladesh on May 31st.
Initially six survivors of the fishing boat Fatma were sighted by the bridge team on Dubai Knight. The master, Captain Sumant Varma, then started rescue proceedings, and provided medical assistance and clothing and food to those pulled from the sea.
Then a second group of 16 survivors from another fishing boat, Mitali, were sighted and further rescue operations were initiated by Dubai Knight. The local Coastguard were informed and a naval vessel dispatched to pick up the survivors. The transfer was carried out safely and the fishermen taken back to port.
Captain Jitendra Misra, managing director of Emarat Maritime, says, “I am extremely proud of the prompt and professional actions of the crew on Dubai Knight. Despite having gone through a very rough and harrowing time negotiating tropical storm Mora, they followed the age old tradition of saving distressed persons at sea and the assistance they have given these 22 shipwrecked victims of storm Mora undoubtedly made the difference between life and death.”