First Indian woman merchant navy captain to be honoured

Written by April 1, 2016 | 2:05 pm

Kochi: Radhika Menon, the first woman captain of Indian Merchant Navy, will be awarded the ‘Seafarers Gallantry Award’ on April 5, the National Maritime Day. She is the first woman to be conferred with this award, which will be presented to her by the National Maritime Committee of India at a function to be held in Mumbai.

Radhika, a resident of Kodungallur in Kerala,  will be rewarded for saving the lives of fishermen aged 15 years to fifty, when their boat was being buffeted by a storm in the Arabian Sea. “They were weak, starving and frightened,” she stated and added, “when I looked through my binoculars, they were waving their shirts and asking for help.”

“I am humbled and grateful to have been selected as a recipient for the award,” Menon said.  “It is a maritime obligation to save souls in distress at sea and as a seafarer and Master in command of my ship, I just did my duty. I am grateful to my officers and crew who did a great job.”