Navy Rescues 20 From Listing Merchant Vessel

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Mumbai: The Indian navy in a daring rescue operation rescued 20 crew member of a vessel in distress amid adverse weather condition, 40 nautical miles of Mumbai harbor.

The rescued crew members of vessel Jindal Kamakshi 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.

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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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