Indian Coast Guard rescues 16 people aboard sinking ship in Raigad
In a coordinated air-sea operation, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued the 16 members of a merchant ship that ran aground near Revdanda in Raigad district on Thursday.
By Manish K Pathak
UPDATED JUNE 18, 2021 12:47 AM IST
In a coordinated air-sea operation, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued the 16 members of a merchant ship that ran aground near Revdanda in Raigad district on Thursday. ICG used one of its ships and two Chetak helicopters to rescue MV Mangalam crew members in bad weather and rough seas.
An ICG official said the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) received a call in the morning from MV Mangalam’s second officer, alerting the center that the ship was partially sinking with 16 crew members on board. about 3 km near Revdanda pier.
The officer also informed the MRCC that the crew members were in panic as water began to enter the vessel. Immediately after obtaining the information, the ICG vessel Subhadra Kumari Chauhan left the port of Dighi and proceeded to the distressed vessel. “During the conversation, an MRCC team soothed the appellant and the crew and asked them to stay on board as the coast guard vessel had been deployed to assist them,” said one. responsible for the ICG.
“The ICG vessel reached the distressed vessel at around 10:15 am and, after assessing the situation, lowered its boats to rescue the crew in a difficult weather situation,” an ICG statement said.
In the meantime, two Chetak helicopters were also launched from the ICG air station in Daman. The helicopters began to win the crew against the vagaries of the weather. “The crew were taken to the port of Revdanda,” said ICG (JG) commander and spokesman Avinandan Mitra.