Sumedha to the rescueA boarding team along with a naval technical team reached the vessel and found that Al-Hamid had suffered a broken main engine shaft, which was not be repaired at sea. The wooden vessel was then towed to safety away from the Somali coast infamous for its notorious pirates.
"Sumedha is the third ship of the indigenous Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (NOPV) Project to be inducted into the Indian Navy. The ship has been designed and built by Goa Shipyard Limited"“Meanwhile, the owner of the dhow Al-Hamid has sent another vessel for towing the dhow to port for repairs. Before departure, Indian Naval Ship Sumedha provided fresh water and medical supplies to the crew of the dhow,” said an official release.