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Posted on Jan 18, 10:41PM | UNI
Ten Indians aboard a dhow were rescued by the French Navy when it was sinking in the sea off the Somali coast on January 13.
The Indian-flagged dhow had sent out a distress call to
French Light Stealth Frigate FS Surcouf after it had an engine failure and had sprung a leak. The FS Surcouf, 26 nautical miles away from the Indian craft, altered course to come to its assistance, the Embassy of France said here today.
The French ship has been engaged for seven weeks in the European Union counter-piracy operation in the Indian Ocean.
Operation Atalanta contributes to the deterrence, prevention and repression of acts of piracy off the Somali coast.
The entire Indian crew was brought aboard the FS Surcouf safe and sound. The next morning, the Indian sailors left the FS Surcouf by air.
The UK Royal Navy helicopter Lynx dropped them on the Belgian frigate BNS Louise-Marie, also part of the European Union Atalanta operation, which brought them to a harbour, with the consent of the Indian authorities.