Navy chopper evacuates crew from Iranian vessel

A Sea King helicopter from naval air station INS Shikra here was launched by the Indian Navy Tuesday for casualty evacuation of a crew member onboard an Iranian oil tanker, a defence official said Wednesday.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 15:03 PM IST

Mumbai: A Sea King helicopter from naval air station INS Shikra here was launched by the Indian Navy Tuesday for casualty evacuation of a crew member onboard an Iranian oil tanker, a defence official said Wednesday.

"The maritime operation centre here had received a fax Monday regarding a casualty onboard the MT Seeb, an Iranian oil tanker, which was enroute to China. One of the crew members, 30-year-old Armmaad Malik, was suffering from acute abdominal pain with traces of blood in his urine," the official said.

The vessel was then contacted and the status of the patient was telephonically checked by a doctor on duty and the condition was diagnosed as Haemuteria. "The condition of the patient was found to be stable. The ship was about 210 nautical miles from Mumbai and was directed to alter course and head towards Mumbai," the official said.

"A Sea King helicopter from INS Shikra was launched for casualty evacuation at first light Tuesday. The patient along with an escort from the ship was air lifted to Shikra and thereafter transferred to the naval hospital for urgent medical attention," the official added

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