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India’s First Female Merchant Navy Captain Receives International Bravery Award

Updated on 25 November, 2016 at 10:12 am By

India’s first female Merchant Navy captain Radhika Menon on November 22 received her IMO award for exceptional bravery and became the first woman ever to receive the honour.


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Menon received the award for the exceptional bravery that she displayed in the dramatic rescue last year where she saved lives of seven fishermen who were trapped in a sinking fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal.

Menon was awarded this honour in July 2016 and on November 22 received her medal and the certificate of commendation in a ceremony at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) headquarters in London,UK.



“I am honoured and humbled with this great honour for me and my team. It is a seafarer’s duty to help souls in distress and I did my duty.” – Captain Menon.

Menon has now become the first woman ever to receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, which is an international recognition for those who risk their life to save others.

Last year in June, Menon and her team had successfully rescued seven fishermen who were trapped on a fishing boat ‘Durgamma’, which was adrift following engine failure due to severe weather, with the food and water both being washed away in the storm.


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Captain Menon and her crew with the 7 saved fishermen. Shevlin Sebastian

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