Naval personnel who rescued the injured sailor of MT New Diamond commended | Daily News

Naval personnel who rescued the injured sailor of MT New Diamond commended

In recognition of the notable performances carried out by a group of naval personnel who made valiant efforts to rescue the life of severely injured third engineer of fire-stricken crude oil tanker, MT New Diamond, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetennepresented Letters of Commendation to them at the Navy Headquarters.

Upon the directives of Commander of the Navy, SLNS ‘Ranarisi’ was deployed by Sri Lanka Navy, fulfilling an international obligation of a coastal state, to retrieve the lives that were at stakefollowing the oil tanker catching fire subsequent to an explosion in its engine room.

As a measure of recognition  for the meritorious  act carried out in special circumstances, the Commanding Officer of SLNS ‘Ranarisi’ Commander KRGRS Rantenna who carefully planned the entire rescue mission against all odds, as well as Lieutenant KGASM Wijerathne, Leading Engineering Mechanic, DLK Mudiyanse and Able Seaman WGGU Senarathne who volunteered to bring the injured third engineer from the fire engulfed ship back to SLNS ‘Ranrisi’ even disregarding the risk attached their personal lives, this acclamation was bestowed on them by Commander of the Navy.

Further, the leadership, commitment and professionalism exhibited by this team of naval personnel will be a fine precedent to the rest of the naval personnel as well.