Indian Navy launched a massive search operation for a Mexican cadet who reportedly fell overboard from the Mexican sail training ship ARM Cuauhtémoc (BE01) off the coast of Goa, on June 11.
“The Indian Navy has launched a ‘Search and Rescue’ operation to look for a lady cadet who has reportedly fallen overboard from Mexican Sail Training Ship (STS) Cuauhtemoc, at 1400 hrs on June 11 in position about 560 NM west of Goa,” the Navy said in a statement.
The navy even pressed its P-8I maritime patrol aircraft for search and rescue operations on June 11 and 12.
The search is still ongoing and initial reports say that the female cadet was not wearing any life saving gear at the time of the incident.
In addition to P-8I, Indian Navy’s INS Teg frigate also arrived at the location next day while guided-missile destroyer INS Mysore, with two helicopters onboard, is expected to arrive in the area on June 13.
The Mexican Navy attributed the incident to adverse weather conditions.
Setting sail from Egypt’s Port Said, ARM Cuauhtémoc is scheduled to visit Mumbai between June 21-26 before departing for Singapore.