The specialised Diving Support Vessel, INS Nireekshak was deployed by the Indian Navy to undertake deep-sea diving operations using specialised equipment and naval divers on 16th April 2021. This move comes to strengthen the ongoing Search and Rescue efforts for the missing fishermen at sea off the coast of New Mangalore.
The ship was able to recover three bodies on the same day and handed them over to local authorities at New Mangalore on 17th April 2021. It is continuing with the next phase of underwater search operations in the area to locate the rest of the six missing fishermen.
On 13th April 2021, an Indian fishing boat Rabah collided with Singapore registered vessel MV APL Le Havre, 41 Nautical Miles West of New Mangalore. Indian Navy ships Subhadra and Tillangchang, along with naval aircraft from Naval Air Station in Goa had been deployed since 14th April 2021 for search and rescue of missing fishermen.
Based on the request from the Department of Fisheries, Government of Tamil Nadu to undertake underwater search operations, Indian Naval Ship Nireekshak was deployed on 15th April 2021 to search the remaining crew.