Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the SCI tanker MT ‘Sampurna Swarajya’ was awarded the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her role in the rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in a very rough sea and extremely tough weather conditions.
The Award was presented to her during the IMO Bravery Awards ceremony (#IMOBraveryAward) held on 21st November 2016 at the Headquarters of International Maritime Organisation (@IMOHQ) in London (U.K). Capt. Menon was the first lady captain in the Indian Merchant Navy and is the first female seafarer ever to receive the ‘IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea’.
Captain Radhika Menon becomes the first woman in the world to receive International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for saving the lives of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in the tumultuous sea. in 2011 she became the first woman to become the captain of Indian Merchant Navy.