In daring rescue op, Indian Navy lifts 20 crew members from sinking ship

MUMBAI: In a daring rescue operation in adverse weather conditions, India Navy on Monday rescued 20 crew members of a vessel in distress, Jindal Kamakshi, 40 nautical miles northwest of Mumbai harbour, a Navy official said.

All rescued crew members are undergoing medical check-up.

“While 19 were airlifted and brought to INS Shikra in Mumbai, one more on board the vessel was airlifted by a second Navy chopper,” a defence spokesperson said.

The Navy got a request at 7am for immediate evacuation of those on board the ship which was listing precariously, he said.

According to the defence spokesperson, the information was received around midnight by the Indian Navy that a vessel in distress ‘Jindal Kamakshi’, which was 40 nautical miles from Mumbai harbour and 25 nautical miles off Vasai coast, has listed heavily.

The distress message said the vessel listed heavily, with 20 persons on board and requested assistance, the official said, adding the cause of the listing was not confirmed.

The Indian Navy had launched one Seaking helicopter to provide immediate assistance and a ship was also deployed for rendering assistance, he said.


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(With inputs from PTI)

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