Radhika Menon becomes first woman to bag IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Jul 11, 2016 12:13 IST

Radhika MenonCaptain Radhika Menon on 7 July 2016 was selected for the 2016 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

Menon has been selected for the prestigious award for her role in the rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal in June 2015.

Captain Menon will also be the first female to receive the IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

The award will be presented to Menon on 21 November 2016 at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom.

Who is Radhika Menon?

Menon is the Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya.

She is the first woman captain in the Indian Merchant Navy.

She was nominated for the award by the Government of India for the rescue of all seven fishermen from the fishing boat Durgamma.

About IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

The annual bravery Award was established by IMO.

It was established to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery, displaying outstanding courage in attempting to save life at sea or in attempting to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment.

The recipient of the Award is invited to a special ceremony at IMO to receive a medal and a certificate citing the act of exceptional bravery performed.

In 2015, the Award was given to United States’ Christopher Leon.

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