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Coast Guard rescues 16 crew from sinking ship in Maharashtra

Crew of sinking ship winched up by an Indian Coast Guard helicopter in Raigad on Thursday.  

The Coast Guard on Thursday launched two separate operations — one in response to an oil spill 450 km off Chennai, and in another incident it rescued 16 crew members from a sinking merchant vessel near the Revdanda port of Maharashtra.

The Coast Guard received information on the oil spill late on Thursday evening. “On further investigation, it was revealed that a Portugese flag container ship m.v. Devon, on passage from Colombo to Haldia in West Bengal, developed an underwater crack in the left side fuel tank containing about 120 kl of very low sulphur fuel oil,” a Coast Guard statement said.

The crack resulted in spillage of about 10 kl of oil into the sea before preventive action was taken. The remaining oil in the tank was transferred to another tank by the ship’s crew. The ship, carrying 10,795 tonnes of general cargo in 382 containers and manned by 17 crew of mixed nationalities, is continuing voyage to Haldia and is likely to reach by Friday afternoon, the statement said.

In the other incident, amid inclement monsoon weather, a Coast Guard ship and helicopters undertook successful rescue of all 16 crew members from the partially sinking merchant vessel Mangalam approximately 3 km from the Revdanda port.

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