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Stretching Out a Helping Hand: India Deploys Aircraft to Search For Capsized Chinese Boat

© Photo : Indian NavyThe Indian Navy deployed its Air MR assets in the Southern IOR in response to sinking of a Chinese Fishing Vessel
The Indian Navy deployed its Air MR assets in the Southern IOR in response to sinking of a Chinese Fishing Vessel  - Sputnik India, 1920, 18.05.2023
A Chinese fishing vessel with 39 crew members, including 17 Chinese and 22 foreign nationals on board, capsized in the central part of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday.
The Indian Navy offered assistance after China sought help finding the crew members of its capsized fishing vessel, Indian media reported on Thursday.
Chinese state media also said that two bodies have been recovered; however, they have not been identified yet.
The 39-member crew included 17 Chinese nationals, 17 Indonesians, and five Filipinos.
The Indian Navy said it deployed its “Air MR assets” in the Southern Indian Ocean Region to rescue the sinking Chinese fishing vessel.
"P8I aircraft have carried out multiple & extensive searches despite adverse weather & located multiple objects possibly belonging to the sunken vessel. As an immediate response, SAR equipment was deployed at the scene by the Indian aircraft on request of People's Liberation Army Navy [PLA(N)] ships closing the area," the Indian Navy spokesperson tweeted.
“In a display of India’s obligations as a credible & responsible partner for ensuring safety at sea, the Indian Navy units also coordinated #SAR efforts with other units in the area & guided PLA(N) warships transiting to the scene of incident," it added.
On Wednesday, China sought help from several countries, including India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia, the Philippines, and other countries, in the rescue operation.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Qiang ordered all-out efforts to rescue the missing people in the boat tragedy.
The boat, The Lupenglaiyuanyu No. 8, was based in the eastern province of Shandong and operated by the Penglaiyingyu Co. Ltd, a Chinese state-run fishing company.
As per the media reports, the boat left South Africa’s Cape Town on May 5 and was last located on May 10, around the southeast of Reunion, a small French island in the Indian Ocean.
The exact location of the sinking remains unknown, as well as what caused the boat to sink.