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Heroic Maritime Search and Rescue: RD7 Crew Saves Lives
On the morning of July 10, 2023, RD7, en route from Hong Kong to Singapore, received a distress signal about a capsized fishing vessel located 7 nautical miles away. Without hesitation, RD7’s crew promptly altered their course and reached the scene. They were joined by two other vessels in the Search and Rescue (SAR) operation.
On July 10, 2023, the crew of Royal Diamond 7 (RD7), one of our managed vessels, demonstrated exceptional professionalism and courage. Responding to a distress alert about a capsized fishing vessel and missing crew members, RD7’s crew, under challenging conditions, rescued five lives, showcasing the unwavering commitment of seafarers to one another. This incident stands as a testament.
The Rescue Operation
With unparalleled efficiency and dedication, RD7’s crew executed the rescue operation, saving three out of six missing crew members. The rescued individuals, Vietnamese Nationals, were provided with immediate medical attention and care. Despite adverse weather conditions, the crew continued their search until the arrival of SAR 413, deployed by Vietnam Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centres (MRCC).
Professionalism and Empathy
The Master and Crew of RD7, praised by Sidhartha Mathur, Norstar’s Marine Director, exhibited exceptional levels of professionalism and empathy.
Their swift response and unwavering commitment to saving lives emphasized the importance of being prepared for emergencies, both internal and external. The crew’s empathy towards the traumatized fishermen highlighted the unspoken bond among seafarers during times of distress.
The actions of RD7’s crew on that fateful day exemplify the courage and dedication of seafarers worldwide. They were ready, professional, and caring. They didn’t just rescue lives; they showed the kindness that unites seamen. This story is a shining example, reminding us how important it is to be prepared, work together, and be kind in maritime operations.