Mumbai: Navy rescued 20 crew members on Monday from a listing merchant ship off the Vasai coast in Palghar district.
According to a defence spokesperson, 19 persons were airlifted and brought to INS Shikra Naval Station in Colaba at around 9 am on Monday. Another person was airlifted by a second Navy chopper. The medical tests were also expected to perform today.
The Navy received the information for the immediate evacuation of the ship at around midnight. The incident occurred when the vessel ‘Jindal Kamakshi’ was 40 nautical miles from Mumbai harbour and 25 nautical miles off the Vasai coast.
According to officials, the distress message said that the vessel with 20 persons on board listed heavily and requested assistance. The cause for the accident is yet-to-be known. A ship and one seaking helicopter were deployed for immediate assistance.
In a daring rescue operation in adverse weather conditions, 19 crew members of a vessel in distress, Jindal Kamakshi, 40 nautical miles North West of Mumbai harbour were rescued by SeaKing 42C of Indian Navy this morning. Here is the video.
Posted by Ministry of Defence, Government of India on Sunday, June 21, 2015