Highlights

  • Indian Coast Guard rescued all 22 crew members from a sinking vessel on Arabian Sea
  • The ICG received flooding distress calls from the crew
  • The agency diverted its ships, choppers to carry out the rescue operation

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WATCH: Indian Coast Guard rescues crew from sinking ship in Arabian sea

The ICG swung into action after receiving distress alerts from the 22-member crew of MT Global King that started flooding mid-sea. It used its merchant ships and choppers to carry out the rescue operation. 

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Wednesday rescued all 22 crew members of a vessel that was flooded mid-sea near Gujarat’s Porbandar coast.

The maritime law enforcement agency swung into action after receiving flooding distress alerts from the crew of MT Global King. It diverted its assets including merchant ships and its newly-commissioned ALH Dhruv choppers to carry out the rescue operation.

The vessel had left from Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and was on its way to Karwar in Karnataka, when there was sudden, uncontrolled flooding on board, prompting the crew to initiate a distress call. It was carrying 6,000 tonnes of Bitumen, a semi-solid form of petroleum also known as Asphalt, onboard.

With ANI inputs

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