The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) successfully rescued 22 crew members from a sinking merchant vessel, MT Global King-1, off Gujarat’s Porbandar coast on Wednesday, an official said.
At about 08:20 hrs, the ICG received an alert about the uncontrolled flooding on a merchant’s vessel. The vessel was reportedly n185 km off the Porbandar coast. The ICG promptly responded and subsequently alerted the other stakeholders.
In a swift rescue operation, 22 crew members on the distressed vessel were rescued by ICG Ship and launched ALH from Porbandar to 93 nm into the sea. All crew members are secure and healthy.
The ICG’s prompt action was able to save the lives of 22 crew members, including a Sri Lankan and Pakistani (the rest being Indians), who are safe and being taken to Porbandar.
Dornier aircraft was introduced at the ICG Air Station Porbandar to examine the scenario and relay information to vessels in the vicinity during adverse weather conditions.
References: NDTV, The Times Of India, Hindustan Times