Pakistan Navy has rescued precious lives of a Portuguese family who faced a life-threatening situation whilst stuck at sea during an expedition.
According to details, a Pakistan Navy ship, ALAMGIR (Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate), while sailing on Counter Piracy mission under Task Force-151, encountered a sailing yacht BENYLEO 2, which was in dire need of fuel in the area about 180 NM North East of Somalia.
PNS ALAMGIR not only provided logistic assistance to sailing yacht BENYLEO 2 but also provided fuel and food items to the passengers on the yacht.
Sailing yacht BENYLEO 2 is owned by Mr Joao Armindo Furtado of Azores Island Portugal who is currently on a round-the-world trip with his wife Joana Amen and two children aged 8 and 5 years. It is the first family from Azores Island to embark on a round-the-world sailing expedition.
BENYLEO-2 left Port of Galle, Sri Lanka for Eritrea with necessary logistics. However, due to unexpected adverse weather, the expedition exhausted its entire stock of fuel. The Yacht was out of fuel and was transiting with slow speed through Piracy Risk area. They were also short on logistic supplies.
The Portuguese family was very thankful to Pakistan and Pakistan Navy for providing timely and generous assistance which enabled the family to safely escape the piracy-affected area.
Pakistan Navy Ships actively participate in Task Force-150 and Task Force 151 which are mandated to conduct Maritime Security Operations and Anti-Piracy respectively. Assistance to BENYLEO-2 is another manifestation of Pakistan Navy’s strong history of providing Humanitarian Assistance at high seas and is in line with finest traditions of Pakistan Navy.