Indian Coast Guard saves all six crew members of sinking ship off India's west coast

Written By: Sidharth MP WION
Chennai Updated: May 02, 2022, 12:33 PM(IST)

Indian Coast Guard saves all six crew members of a sinking ship. Photograph:( WION )

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The distressed vessel MSV Malabar Light was ferrying construction materials, livestock, etc, and the flooding on-board had forced the crew to jump onto a lifeboat and drift in the open sea

During the wee hours of Sunday (May 1), the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued all six crew members of a sinking vessel, off India's west coast. The cargo vessel, MSV Malabar Light, was in distress owing to flooding in its engine room, as it was on a voyage from Beypore in Kerala to Androth in Lakshadweep.   

According to the ICG, it was at 2 am that the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai intimated the Coast Guard Station in Beypore, Kerala about the situation.   

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At 2.45 am, the Coast Guard ship C-404 was deployed from Beypore, to render assistance. The distressed vessel MSV Malabar Light was ferrying construction materials, livestock, etc, and the flooding on-board had forced the crew to jump onto a lifeboat and drift in the open sea.   

Having reached the spot at 4.20 am, all crew were rescued onto the Coast Guard vessel, rendered first aid and found healthy.

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The lifeboat was then towed to Beypore harbour, where the rescued crew members disembarked and were handed over to local authorities, at 6:15 am.

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