The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the crews of two Russian ships rescued 68 passengers from a ship flying the flags of Germany and Greece that was in danger of sinking in Greek territorial waters. According to the statement, the crews of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate of the Northern Fleet and the dry cargo ship Pizhma managed to rescue the passengers of the foreign ship Avalon during the early hours of Monday morning.
The frigate received a distress call from the Avalon ship, which prompted the Russian vessels to change course and immediately enter the area of the incident. The Ministry stated that the rescue operation was successful, and the persons were evacuated to the Pizhma, where they received the necessary medical care. Subsequently, they were transferred to the bay of Kalymnos for transfer aboard Greek coast guard vessels.
The intervention of the Russian crews prevented a possible shipwreck and ensured the safety of the passengers in distress. This action demonstrates the cooperation between Russian naval forces and their readiness to provide assistance in emergency situations in international waters.
The successful rescue reinforces the importance of collaboration between different nations in protecting and safeguarding human life at sea. The rapid response and ability of the Russian crews to carry out this operation demonstrate their preparedness and professionalism in critical situations.
This act of rescue also highlights the importance of having an efficient and coordinated response in maritime emergency situations. International cooperation in cases of distress at sea is essential to ensure the safety of mariners and preserve lives at risk.