During the Search and Rescue Operation to locate three missing fishermen on Saturday, INS Trishul located one of the fishermen adrift in water.
A statement of the Indian Navy said, efforts were made to recover this fisherman by all means such as by boat and ships ladder, however he could not be recovered due to bad weather, heavy swell and hesitation of the fisherman in approaching the ship.
Despite heavy swell of over 3 meters and adverse weather conditions, two Indian Navy divers Bipin Dahal, LEMP, and Ganshyam Patidhar, ME I, volunteered to rescue the fisherman by a procedure called recovery by free swimmers.
In their valiant effort to approach the fisherman the line (rope) between the divers and the ship parted and they were set adrift. The divers could not thereafter be sighted by the ship due to bad weather and low light conditions.
The divers continued to search for the fisherman, however due to poor light he could not be sighted. The diver pair by their sheer grit and determination survived 12 hours in complete darkness and were recovered in the morning by fishing vessel Ram Dutt Sai.
On reaching Mumbai the two divers have been shifted to INHS Asvini and kept under observation. They were found to be medically fit and in high spirits.
The Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Girish Luthra visited the two naval divers and complimented them for their bravery and actions in keeping with the finest traditions of the Navy of protecting our Nation and Countrymen, risking their own lives in extreme weather conditions to rescue a fisherman found at sea.