Mumbai: In a daring sea-air coordinated operation in bad weather, an Indian Coast Guard ship and helicopter successfully rescued all 16 crew members from the sinking MV Mangalam near Revdanda port in Maharashtra’s Raigarh district today.
On Thursday morning, MRCC Mumbai received a telephonic message from the Second Officer of the Indian flagged MV Mangalam (IMO-9084619), reporting that the vessel was partially sinking with 16 crew onboard in a distance of around 3 kilometers near Revdanda Jetty (Raigarh District), and that the master intended to abandon the vessel. The Master stated that the crew was in a panic owing to the entry of water. The master and crew were calmed by the MRCC team, who asked them to stay on board while the Coast Guard ship was launched.
The Indian Coast Guard Ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan sailed out of Dighi harbour and headed straight towards the stranded vessel. In the meantime, two ICG helicopters were dispatched from ICG Air Station Daman to evacuate the crew of the MV Mangalam.
At around 10.15 am, the ICGS Subhadra Kumari Chauhan arrived in the vicinity of the stranded vessel and, after assessing the situation, dropped her boats to assist the crew in the difficult weather situation. In addition, CG helicopters arrived at the scene and began winching the crew against the conditions. The ICG Search and Rescue Units (SRUs) successfully rescued 16 crew members from a troubled vessel through prolonged efforts. The rescued crew was escorted to Revdanda and given medical aid.