Radhika Menon, First Female Merchant Navy Captain has been awarded with ‘Bravery Award’ by International Maritime Organisation. She saved seven fishermen from a sinking boat in distraught circumstances in Bay of Bengal.
The Shipping Ministry said in a statement-“Radhika Menon was at the position near steering wheel of the oil tanker Sampurna Swarajya. Captain Menon immediately ordered a rescue operation after observing wave heights of more than 25 feet, winds of more than 60 knots and heavy rain, on 22 June, off the coast of Gopalpur, Odisha. She also utilized pilot ladder with life jackets on standby.”
In an interview she stated-“The Bay of Bengal was full of upheavals and the pressure remained constant for 2-3 days. That was a difficult task but we were sure about doing that to save fishermen’s life”
She is not only the first female captain of Indian Merchant Navy but also the first woman to get awarded for rescuing lives in an ocean. She was awarded with ‘Bravery At Sea’ Award on Monday in London.
After receiving the award she said that there is no difference in men and women on the ships where she had worked. She also stated-” Even if you are woman then also you know how you have to perform. In return people respect you as well as appreciate your performance. “