Gandhinagar, Sept 28: Amid night hours, floating dangerous debris, and unfavorable weather conditions, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) undertook a valiant operation to rescue 12 crew members from the sinking cargo vessel MSV Krishna Sudama in the Arabian Sea, about 18 kilometers from Okha on the coast of Gujarat.
The ICG had received information about flooding on board the cargo vessel, about 10 nautical miles off Okha at about 9 pm on September 26. The vessel, which set sail from Mudra in Gujarat on the morning of September 26 was on its to Djibouti and carrying 905-tonne cargo comprising rice and sugar. The ICG started a search and rescue operation with coast guard ship C-411 along with C-161 and MV Southern Robin.
"Upon receiving information a search and rescue was immediately commenced wherein Coast Guard Ship C-411 sailed from Okha, C-161 was diverted from off Mundra, and MV Southern Robin in the vicinity of the area was diverted to render assistance," the ICG said.
The coast guard ship C-411 had arrived in the approximate position as instructed by southern robin and undertook an extensive search in the area. After a thorough search, C-411 located the craft carrying 12 crew who had abandoned MSV Krishna Sudama which was sinking due to flooding.
Meanwhile, the coast guard ship C-161 is maintaining in the area to monitor and combat any probable oil pollution incident which might result from leakage of fuel from the sunken dhow, it said.
The 12 rescued persons have been safely brought to Okha, ICG said in a statement.
Lauding the Indian Guard Coast for saving the lives of the crew members, Ajay Kumar, Union Defence Secreatry of India, said, "Excellent job India Coast Guard. Nothing more noble than saving lives. God bless."