Radhika Menon, who in 2011 had become India’s first woman captain of Indian Merchant Navy, has yet again added a first to her name.
This year Menon has received the prestigious ‘Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea’ from the International Maritime Organisation.
By receiving this award, she became the first female in the world to be chosen for this honor.
Menon, received this award for saving lives of seven fishermen in June 2015.
These fishermen were caught in a storm with a failed engine when Menon came to their rescue.
Their fishing boat ‘Durgamma’ had drifted from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Gopalpur in Odisha when it was spotted by Menon and her team on oil tanker ‘Sampurna Swarajya.’
By the time she rescued the fishermen, their families had believed that they had lost them at sea and were preparing for their last rites.
Menon, who hails from Kodungallur, Kerala, said that she was “humbled, honored and grateful” to receive the award, but added she was just doing her duty as “It is a maritime obligation to save souls in distress at sea”.