There were a total of 22 people on board, including 20 Indians. Of the remaining two, one each is from Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The Indian Coast Guard on Wednesday successfully conducted an operation to rescue all the crew members of a ship that witnessed a sudden, uncontrolled flood while en route from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Karnataka.
The incident took place in the Arabian Sea near the Porbandar coast of Gujarat.
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“In a prompt rescue operation, all 22 crew of distressed vessel MT Global King rescued by @IndiaCoastGuard #Ship and #ALH launched into sea 93 NM from #Porbandar. All crew safe and sound. @DefenceMinIndia @shipmin_india @MEAIndia @PMOIndia @SpokespersonMoD,” Coast said. Gard shared on Twitter.
The force said it launched the operation after receiving a distress alert from the crew, who were forced to abandon ship.
According to news agency ANI, 20 of the 22 crew members are Indian nationals, while the remaining two are foreign nationals, one each from Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “The rescuers are being brought to Porbandar port in Coast Guard ships and helicopters,” it said, quoting officials of the maritime law enforcement agency.
MT Global King sailed from Khor Fakkan (UAE) to Karwar (Karnataka) carrying 6,000 tonnes of bitumen – also known as asphalt – a semi-solid form of petroleum.
According to reports, the newly commissioned ALH polar choppers are among the assets deployed by the Coast Guard in the operation.
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