New Delhi: In a press release from the Coast Guard Headquarters in New Delhi, it was announced that the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted a swift and well-coordinated operation on June 13 to evacuate 50 individuals in Okha, Gujarat, as a precautionary measure in anticipation of the severe cyclone named ‘Biparjoy.’
The formation of Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’ was first observed in the Arabian Sea on June 6. Since then, the ICG has been proactively taking pre-emptive and preventive measures at sea. Initially, the cyclone was moving northward, curving its path towards the Gujarat Coast. Recognising the potential threat, the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) requested the Indian Coast Guard’s assistance on June 12 to evacuate 50 crew members from the jack-up rig named “Key Singapore,” operated by M/s Vedanta Ltd., located 25 nautical miles west of Okha, Gujarat.
The Indian Coast Guard successfully evacuated six crew members on June 12, and the remaining 24 individuals were evacuated on June 13, ensuring the safety of all involved. The Coast Guard deployed the vessel named Shoor for the rescue operation, diverting it specifically for this mission. Additionally, an Indian Coast Guard helicopter was mobilised from Rajkot to Okha to support the evacuation efforts.