Port Louis, June 14: Indian Navy’s sail boat Mhadei, comprising of all-women crew reached Port Louis in Mauritius on Tuesday. The crew left from Goa on May 24. After completing a 20-day voyage, they reached Port Louis. The crew was led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi. Other members on board include – Lieutenant P Swathi, Lieutenant Pratibha Jamwal (Air Traffic Control specialists), Lieutenant Vijaya Devi, Sub Lieutenant Payal Gupta (both Education officers) and Lieutenant B Aishwarya a Naval Architect.Also Read - Goa Caps RT-PCR Testing Rate For Inbound Foreign Tourists at Rs 3,200
The total distance travelled by the crew is 2,100 nautical miles. In their journey, the crew members also faced a rough sea due to the south-west monsoon winds blowing against them. Also Read - Love Feni, a Local Goa Delight? Then THIS Place is a Must-Visit as it is 'All About Alcohol'
The crew was received in Port Louis by ten women police officers of Port Louis, who were waiting for the Mhadei nearly 10 miles away from the harbour. The crew members will stay in Port Louis for the next 10 days. During their stay, they are expected to meet Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen and various other dignitaries. Also Read - Kerala Floods: Over 6 Dead, Many Missing As Heavy Rains Wreak Havoc, Sabarimala Pilgrimage Deferred | 10 Points
The boat, Mhadei, would be allowed to be visited by local residents. It is expected to take day sorties off Port Louis for certain group of citizens.
Completing the journey in 20 days is a tremendous achievement for the crew. In most of their journey, they met with winds as strong as 35 km/hr. The return journey from Port Louis to Goa would be initiated by them on June 24.