ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Navy rescued a stranded Yemeni cargo boat drifting in the Gulf of Aden by taking it to Somalian shores, said a Press release issued here on Monday.

While patrolling in the Gulf of Aden, the Pakistan Navy ship TARIQ observed a stranded cargo dhow/boat namely ABDAIHAN of Yemen. Upon investigation, it was revealed that the boat left Boosaaso (Somalia) on November 17 for transporting fish to Al Mukalla (Yemen).

During the voyage at the sea, her propulsion got non-operational due to loss of propeller. The dhow had been drifting for the last 10 days with the crew left with no edibles and drinking water.

The PN TARIQ provided sufficient food items and drinking water alongwith ready meals to the crew of the dhow.

Furthermore, Yemeni Coast Guard and owner of dhow were informed for recovery of the dhow. PN TARIQ also conducted towing operation for 10 hours in the rough sea and left the dhow close to the Somalian shores for further assistance by Somalian authorities.

Master and crew of dhow thanked the PN for timely assistance.

The PN maintains a high degree of readiness, both in peace and war, to undertake a range of military, constabulary, diplomatic and benign operations, the Press release said.