The world’s fourth largest coast guard, near India, also hoisted the tricolor on 24 islands of Andaman and Nicobar.
New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) | Indian Coast Guard unfurled the National Flag on 100 selected islands off the mainland on the occasion of 75th Independence Day. Of these, 36 islands are off the west coast, while 25 are off the east coast. The tricolor was also hoisted simultaneously on 24 islands of Andaman and Nicobar and 15 islands of Lakshadweep and Minicoy. As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Coast Guard also organized interaction programs with fishermen as well as tree plantation, cyclathon, walkathon and other events at its various stations across India to inculcate the spirit of patriotism.
Fourth largest in the world, the Indian Coast Guard is entrusted with the duties of keeping the maritime frontier clean, and safe and comprises 157 surface units and 66 air assets, having inducted seven new generation ships in its fleet in the past one year. is added. The force has saved 467 lives at sea in the last one year and 10,210 lives since its inception. In addition, 339 people were rescued in the last one year and a total of 12934 personnel have been rescued so far by the service during various ‘assistance to civil authority’ operations.
It has also created maritime history by extinguishing the massive fire that broke out aboard the Very Large Crude Carrier Motor Tanker New Diamond with about 2.7 lakh metric tonnes of crude oil off Sri Lanka, averting a major ecological disaster in the region.