Pakistan Navy rescues crew members from sinking Indian vessel

Interestingly, the Indian Coast Guard claimed that Mumbai's Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre rescued the nine crew members from Jamna Sagar.

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Pakistan Navy rescued nine crew members from an Indian sailing vessel after it sank in the Arabian Sea near Gwadar. The vessel was called ‘Jamna Sagar’.

According to the details, on 9th August 2022, merchant ship Jamna Sagar sunk near South East Gwadar with 10 crew members on board. As the ship was sinking, a distress call was sent out and the Pakistan Navy responded.

The Pakistan Maritime Information Centre requested a nearby merchant ship “MT KRUIBEKE” to provide necessary assistance to the stranded crew of the drowning sailing vessel.

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Nine crew members were rescued, however, one member was missing. MT KRUIBEKE continued its voyage to its next port Dubai and disembarked the recovered crew. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Navy tasked one ship and two helicopters to carry out a search operation for the dead body.

After recovering the body, Pakistan Navy handed the body over to Pakistan Maritime Security Agency authorities for further proceedings.

Claiming fake glory?

Interestingly, the Indian Coast Guard claimed that Mumbai’s Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre rescued the nine crew members from Jamna Sagar. On the other hand, Indian media reported that Pakistan Navy did indeed rescue the crew members.

Earlier this year, the Pakistan Navy had intercepted and tracked the fourth Indian submarine in the last five years. The submarine, named Kalvari, was deployed by India against Pakistan with “ulterior motives”, as per a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar.

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The United Nations Convention on Law of Sea (UNCLOS) does not allow a state to carry out maneuvers in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on the continental shelf of another coastal state. The EEZ cannot be entered without permission or prior notification from/to the country to which it belongs. 

The area of Pakistan’s territorial waters is 12 nautical miles, while its seabed territory (EEZ) grew to 290,000 square kilometers in 2015.