Navy, Coast Guard rescue 14 from sinking ship

The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard rescued 14 of the crew of Indian flag cement carrier ship MV Coastal Pride that sunk 75 nautical miles off Mumbai coast and 24 nautical miles of Daman on Wednesday morning. After a call by the vessel, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard launched its helicopters — Sea King and Chetak — that carried out the rescue operation. At 7.58am, Indian Navy Sea king helicopter took off from INS Shikra (Naval Air Station), Colaba while the two Coast Guard helicopters Chetak Helos left at 8.40am for the rescue operation that was carried out 24 nautical miles from Daman coast. The rescued crews were safely evacuated to Umargaon. “The ship sunk midway the rescue operation was on,” the Indian Navy spokesperson told TOI. The ship was waiting for towing vessel to sail out when it realised flooding in after the vessel suffered damages. “First six crews were rescued by the coast guard helicopter. Immediately the ship sunk with the eight crews onboard. The Indian Navy Sea king winched up the six crews from sea while the Coast Guard winched another two. All the 14 crews survived and were evacuated at Umargaon,” said the official.
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