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Coast guard rescues 12 people from sinking ship off Gujarat coast

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The Indian Coast Guard on Sunday informed that it has rescued 12 crew members of a cargo ship ‘MSV Krishna Sudama’ that was sinking in the Arabian Sea around 18 km off the Gujarat coast.

The cargo vessel was carrying 905 tonnes of rice and sugar to Djibouti in Africa. It has ventured on the journey from Gujarat’s Mundra Port on Saturday.

Officials said that they received information that there was flooding onboard MSV Krishna Sudama at around 9 pm on Saturday. At that point in time, it was 10 nautical miles away from the Okha Coast.

What did Coast Guard say?

The coast issued a statement following the rescue operation. It said the vessel had on Saturday started sailing from Mundra in Gujarat for Djibouti, carrying 905-tonne rice and sugar to the African nation.

“Search and rescue was immediately commenced wherein Coast Guard Ship C-411 sailed from Okha, C-161 was diverted from off Mundra, and MV Southern Robin in the vicinity of the area was diverted to render assistance,” it said.

Crew members abandoned sinking ship

The Coast Guard ship C-411 arrived near the vessel in distress.

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It undertook an extensive search in the area and located the craft carrying 12 crew members who had by then abandoned the vessel as it was sinking due to flooding, the statement provides.

Rescued crew members safely brought to Okha

The Coast Guard ship rescued all the 12 crew under challenging circumstances owing to night hours, floating dangerous debris, and unfavourable weather conditions.

“They were brought to Okha and are safe,” the statement said.

The area where the incident took place is being monitored by the Coast Guard Ship C-161 so that it can combat any probable oil pollution incident that might result from leakage of fuel from the sunken dhow, it added.

The Coast Guard also took to Twitter sharing images of the night-time rescue operations.

 

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