New Delhi: The Indian Coast Guard on Wednesday launched a rescue operation off the Porbandar coast in Gujarat after receiving a distress alert from the crew of a merchant ship. Indian Coast Guard has rescued all 22 crew members from the distressed Merchant Ship Rescue MT Global King Eye. The ICG ships and ALH Dhruv were launched from Porbandar to carry out the rescue operation of 93 nautical miles at sea.
The ICG official said that the rescued team included 20 Indians along with 1 Pakistani and 1 Sri Lankan national. The rescued persons are being brought to Porbandar port by ICG ships and helicopters. The Indian Coast Guard also shared a video during the rescue operation, in which an aircraft was seen flying around the ship.
The ship was coming from UAE
There were a total of 22 crew members on board the ship, which was transporting 6,000 tonnes of bitumen (a type of petroleum product), he said. The ship had left from Khor Fakkan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and was en route to Karwar in Karnataka.
ALH Dhruv used in rescue operation
Seeing the ship in trouble, the crew made an emergency call. After which the Indian Coast Guard started the rescue operation. The indigenous ALH Dhruv helicopter (ALH Dhruv) recently inducted into the fleet of helicopters was used by the Coast Guard for the rescue operation.