The Coast Guard (CG) rescued a merchant ship,which reported flooding on-board,off the Mumbai coast,saving lives of 28 crew members including six foreigners.
The vessel MV Khalijia-3,fully loaded with steel coils,was sailing to Mumbai from China when at around 8.45 pm on Sunday the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre here received a call informing flooding on-board,CG officials said.
The CG’s fast patrol ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan was immediately sent with adequate repair facilities,submersible pumps and divers to extend help to the ship,they said.
As the flooded ship tilted one side,the crew stood on other side when the fast patrol ship reached near the merchant vessel and all 28 crew members including six foreigners were rescued during six-hour rescue operation,they added.
The reason for the flooding on-board is yet to be ascertained,the officials said.
The CG’s specialised pollution response team and advanced offshore patrol vessel with pollution response equipment were also kept standby to meet the requirement in case of oil pollution following the incident. The merchant ship was towed to safer waters,the officials said.