Indian Navy rescues all 20 on board sinking merchant ship


The Indian Navy on Monday said it had rescued all 2o crew on board the merchant vessel Jindal Kamakshi.

DK Sharma, the navy PRO, said, “We received a distress call from Indian Merchant vessel Jindal Kamakshi yesterday at around 11: 10 pm.”

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The news agency PTI quoted a defence spokesperson as saying, “”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 had listed heavily.”

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“The distress message said the vessel listed heavily, with 20 persons on-board and requested assistance,” the official said.

The crew requested immediate evacuation. The Indian Navy deployed a Sea King helicopter and a ship to assist the crew members of the merchant vessel after receiving a distress call at around 11:10 pm on Sunday. The crew had to call for assistance after they failed to clear water that had flooded one end of the vessel.

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