Navy sends ship to Socotra island in Yemen to rescue 38 stranded Indians

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jun 03, 2018, 07:40 AM IST

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Indian Navy on Sunday launched ‘Operation Nistar’ to evacuate 38 stranded Indians around Socotra island located close to the horn of Africa between the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

A Navy spokesperson said INS Sunayna, which was deployed in Western Arabian Sea, is now heading towards Socotra for the humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operation.

"#HADR @indiannavy launches #OpNistar 2 evacuate around 38 stranded Indian nationals in/around Socotra. INS Sunayna mission deployed in W Arabian Sea has been diverted to reach off Socotra tomorrow. Indian seafarers stranded view cyclone Mekunu which hit that area few days back," the spokesperson tweeted.

The cyclone Mekunu badly hit various parts of Oman and Socotra island.

Indian seafarers have been stranded due to Cyclone Mekunu which hit that area a few days back. Scocotra is about 1,180 nautical miles from Mumbai.

(With inputs from PTI)