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Russian couple on sailing trip mistakenly docks on Indian land, catches Coast Guard, Navy unawares

Discussion in 'Indian Navy' started by Ankit Kumar 001, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. Ankit Kumar 001

    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    A Russian couple who mistakenly docked on Indian land while on a sailing trip was released by Indian officials on Tuesday even as a senior cop expressed shock over how the duo's yacht was able to avoid Navy and Coast Guard surveillance.

    Just recently, a red alert was issued after the Indian Coast Guard warned Mumbai Police off suspected ISIS militants possibly infiltrating into the city via the sea.

    The Russian husband and wife were let off after the local Russian embassy vouched for their identities.

    The 45-year-old Russian man his 39-year-old wife were on a world sailing tour when they ran out of food and water near the Yemen coast.

    They then reached a light house off the Mumbai coast in the Arabian Sea. Several private yachts and fisher boats are docked at the lighthouse.

    Local fishermen, whom the couple approached for help, suspected something amiss and contacted the Mumbai Police as they were unable to converse with the couple due to the language barrier.

    Mumbai Police reached the spot and detained the couple, even taking custody of yacht. The cops did not find anything suspicious from the couple or on the yacht except a walkie talkie.

    Police then got in touch with the Russian embassy and after verifying the couple's identities with Russian officials decided to release them and their yacht.

    A Mumbai police officer told India Today, "The couple had permission to get into Indian waters and not land. The couple left Russia for world tour on their yacht around a year back. They had permission. The couple mistakenly reached there and they are a very clean background which was crossed checked from Russian officials."

    Another senior IPS officer from Mumbai, meanwhile, expressed shock at the security lapse. The officer told India Today, "We are shocked the way the couple with huge Yacht got inside Indian territory through waters. They dodged Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, which is shocking and alarming. More measures needs to be taken."

    The coastal area around Mumbai is a sensitive zone ever since the 2008 Mumbai attacks. 10 terrorists, including Ajmal Kasab, had sailed from Pakistan and entered Mumbai via the sea, before going on killing more than 150 people in a series of coordinated shooting and bombing attacks all over the city.

    http://m.indiatoday.in/story/russia-couple-sailing-trip-yatch-mumbai-lighthouse/1/926805.html

    @Abingdonboy @PARIKRAMA @Agent_47
    That's why we immediately need to ban all vessels , weather fishing or for leisure, and pass a law immediately so as to get a GPS module and a system of identification of each vessel in Indian waters and EEZ , without which Indian Coast Guards would have the authority to shoot at sight , if identification not made.

    Imagine this is the situation in Mumbai.

    Coastal Radars won't help much.
     
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  2. Indian Jatt

    Indian Jatt Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    man that's a serious issue!!!!!:disagree:
     
  3. STEELNEIL

    STEELNEIL IDF NewBie

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    Russians being Russians.
     
  4. YarS

    YarS Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Thanks to Indian officials, who help to our sailors.
     
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  5. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Indian officials have shown courtesy and released....
    They did have permission to enter Indian waters...
     
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  6. YarS

    YarS Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    There are Principe "Freedom of Navigation". Really they did have good navigation system and stocks of food and water. Most of UN-states, including India and Russia are signed A Convention of the Law on the Sea. If India's ship will lost navigation in the Russian waters - we shall help them, too.
     
  7. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    That why they had to dock to ask for help and I appreciate the courtesy shown by Indian officials.
     
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  8. Naagraj

    Naagraj 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    It's not about that, it's good they came to mumbai for re sticking their supplies, but what is more important is the failure of indian coast guard and navy, who were unable to d detect the vessel coming to mumbai through sea. 2008 happened 8 year ago and still there are such loopholes.
     
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  9. Guynextdoor

    Guynextdoor Lt. Colonel SENIOR MEMBER

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    Friends are always welcome :) . Hope the dudes finish their trip successfully.
     

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