All the sixteen crew members of the merchant vessel MV Mangalam that went
aground near Revdanda jetty in the Konkan coast of Maharastra were rescued in a
daring rescue operation when the coastguards deployed boats and helicopters in
the mission which lasted about an hour.
The Coastguards used one of its ships and two Chetak helicopters to rescue
the crew members of MV Mangalam amidst inclement weather and very rough waters.
An official of the sinking ship had informed the Mumbai based Maritime
Rescue coordination centre on July 17th morning saying that their vessel was
sinking with 16 crew memberts on board about three kilometers from Redanda
jetty in Raigarh district. The official also told the centre that water was
entering the ship and the crew membes were frightened about the possiblity of
the ship sinking any time.
The MRCC team said
rescue mission will be set in motion by the coastguards very soon
The MRCC team which received the call asked the official not to panic and
that the rescue mission will be set in motion by the coastguards very soon.
The coastguard ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan sailed from Dighi harbour and
proceeded towards the sinking vessel. Two Chetak helicopters were also launched
from the ICG Air Station at Daman for evacuation of the crew from MV Mangalam.
The ICG ship reached the vessel at about 10:15 am and after assessing the
situation lowered boats to rescue the crew amid very challenging weather, an
ICG release read.
ICG helicopters reached the location at about the same time and began
winching of the crew. The ICG search and rescue units (SRUs) rescued all the 16
crew members from the merchant vessel.
The crew members
were later taken to Revdanda Port and provided medical aid.
The Coast Guard (ICG) has rescued
all the 16 crew members of a merchant vessel that went aground near Revdanda in
Konkan coast off Maharashtra’s Raigarh district, in a well-coordinated air-sea
operation. The fate of the vessel is however not known.