Rescued crew reach Beypore

Safety zone: The five crew members brought to Beypore by the Indian Cost Guard’s ship Kasturba Gandhi.   | Photo Credit: —Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Staff Reporter

The dhow had sunk off Lakshadweep

Kozhikode: The five crew members of a dhow (uru) that had sunk near Androth Island in Lakshadweep were brought to the Beypore port, near here, on Tuesday.

The dhow, Robert Vijay, carrying cement and cement jelly sank on Sunday. The crew members, Carlos, Xavier, Ithiyas, Jerosin and Navin, from Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, were saved by a Kuwaiti oil tanker and handed over to the Coast Guard. They reached Beypore in a Coast Guard ship, Kasturba Gandhi.

Other dimensions

The dhow set off for Minicoy Island from Beypore at 8.30 a.m. on Saturday. The Coast Guard, the Beypore Port Officer and the local police are investigating the accident.

The investigations will focus on any other dimensions to the incident following reports of chances of terrorist activities along the Arabian Sea.

The reason for the accident and related issues will be known only after the investigations are completed, the investigators say.

The crew members will stay put in Beypore till the investigations are over.