The government informed on 9th July that the Captain Radhika Menon Indian first woman – captain of the Merchant Navy will get Bravery award from the International Maritime Organisation.

Radhika Menon will get the bravery award for her amazing bravery at sea for her involvement in the rescue of seven fisherman from a fishing boat in the sea area of Bengal in June last year.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is the United Nations specialized agency who has responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

“Captain Menon was nominated by the Government of India, for the rescue of all seven fishermen from the fishing boat Durgamma, which was adrift following engine failure and loss of anchor in severe weather,” the government statement said.

The IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session in London, making the decision of a panel of judges that Captain Menon displayed great determination and courage in leading the difficult rescue operation, the statement said.