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Indian Navy provides medical assistance to Seychelles Coastguard

The Indian Navy came to the aid of a Seychelles Coastguard crew member by deploying its advanced light helicopter from INS Rudra, the naval base in Kochi. The patient was brought to INS Garuda Naval Air Base, after which she was transferred in the ambulance to INHS Sanjivani and is said to be in stable condition. INS Sharada was escorting the SCGS Zoroaster on its voyage from the west coast of India to Victoria in the Seychelles. However, at 9:30 a.m., Allison Labiche, a crew member aboard the Seychelles vessel, reported severe abdominal pain and was transferred to INS Sharada by boat for further medical assistance.

Transferred to INHS Sanjivani

The Indian Navy has prepared ALH and Seaking 42C helicopters in Kochi. At around 12:30 p.m., the ALH helicopter with the navy doctor on board took off from Kochi for INS Sharada, 15 km north of the Minicoy Islands off the west coast of India. The Seychelles Navy crew member was transferred to hospital in just over four hours. The Seychelles People’s Defense Force vessel Zoroaster was on a goodwill visit to Kochi from April 11, WION reported.

The official PRO Defense Kochi Twitter account said that an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) from Kochi-based Naval Air Station INS Garuda was deployed to evacuate the female official. A Seaking 42C helicopter was also kept on standby.

India showcased Zoroaster, a fast attack helicopter built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders Engineering (GRSE) and presented to the Seychelles People Defense Forces (SPDF) in 2021. The ship was returning to Seychelles after participating in MILAN-22 in Vishakhapatnam. , a sign of enhanced defense cooperation between the two countries.

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