Ritesh Bhamaria, an Indian Australian pilot, has been given the prestigious Certificate of Commendation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The honor is given to those who perform acts of exceptional bravery and showcase outstanding courage.
In December 2020, he was piloting the oil tanker MT Godam through Torres Strait. The weather conditions were adverse. He spotted a hand waving for help in the sea. It transpired that a man and his nephew had been caught in the debris for more than 17 hours without any access to emergency equipment or other survival equipment.