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Captain Radhika Menon

Indian Captain Radhika Menon is first woman to get Bravery at Sea Award.

"Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya, is to receive the 2016 International Maritime Organisation Award for Exceptional Bravery at sea for her role in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultous seas in the Bay of Bengal in June last year.", Shipping Minister said in a statement.

"Captain Menon was nominated by Government of India, for the rescue of all seven fishermen from the fishing boat Durgamma, which was adrift following engine failure and loss of anchor in severe weather" the statement said.

"Through wave heights of more than 25 feet, winds of more than 60 knots and heavy rain, on 22 June, the second officer on the Sampurna Swarajya spotted the boat 2.5 Kms away, off the coast of Gopalpur, Odhisa. Captain Menon immediately ordered a rescue operation, utilising the pilot ladder and with life jackets and buoys on standby," it added.
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