Milan Tare, a humble fisherman from Satpati, a village in Palghar, has been nominated for the National Maritime Search and Rescue (NMSAR) Award. A resident of Satpati, a fishing village in Palghar, Tare has earned the respect and admiration of one and all after he saved 12 innocent lives.

On May 9, 42-year-old Milan had got into his boat along with his crew, and six other boats along with his sailed into the sea after sunset. The fleet, fortunately, managed to detect fish closeby and set a base for the rest of the night. Each boat was about a kilometre away from the other, and the fishermen had an understanding within themselves.

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Around 3 a.m., Tare was awake on his boat when the wireless set squawked: “Vachva!” Tare recognised the voice, it was from Shivneri, the boat farthest away from the coast. The navigation lights which were visible from Shivneri, and this made him realise that something had gone wrong. Tare immediately started taking the boat in that direction and directed the rest of the fleet to join the operation.

An official speaking to the TOI said, “After making his way for about one nautical mile in darkness and using onboard searchlights, he spotted the capsized boat. He saw the crew were struggling to stay afloat around it with the help of lifebuoys, thermocol floats and tyres and, with his team, pulled them out to safety.”

Tare’s brave act was reported by the Coast Guard and he will visit the national capital on Jul. 5 to receive the award. It is the first time that someone from his village is being felicitated and it is a proud moment for him and his family.

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