Kochi, 22 April 2022. Post treatment at INHS Sanjivani in Kochi, after medical evacuation by Indian Navy from sea, the woman crew member of the Seychelles Coast Guard Ship (SCGS) Zoroaster has departed for Seychelles after full recovery.

Repatriation Of Crew Member

On 14 April 22, the SCGS Zoroaster, which was transiting from Kochi to Seychelles under the escort of INS Sharda under Southern Naval Command, reported that a crew member was experiencing abdominal pain. The medical officer onboard the IN ship was transferred by boat for an initial medical examination. Once the crew’s condition was stabilised, she was brought to INS Sharda for additional medical care. Subsequently, an Indian Navy Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) with one Women Medical Officer (for inflight management) carried out medical evacuation of the patient from INS Sharda operating off Minicoy to INHS Sanjivani (Naval Hospital) for further treatment.

The patient was discharged from INHS Sanjivani after a complete recovery on 21 April 22. SCGS Zoroaster had earlier participated in the Multilateral exercise MILAN-22 at Vishakhapatnam, and subsequently paid a goodwill visit to Kochi from 11 to 13 April 22.

The Medical Evacuation from mid sea has further enhanced the bilateral relations between the two countries. The Chief of Naval Staff of Indian Navy Admiral R Hari Kumar, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC is presently on a visit to Seychelles from 21-23 April to further cement the ties between India and Seychelles.