In a daring rescue, Coast Guard and Indian Navy pull out 14 sailors from sinking ship

Mumbai: In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel, Navy and Coast Guard on Wednesday swung into action to rescue 14 crew members of the vessel. What ensued was a dramatic rescue of 14 crew members, NDTV report said.

 In a daring rescue, Coast Guard and Indian Navy pull out 14 sailors from sinking ship

Indian Navy's rescue. Image Courtesy: Twitter @SpokespersonMoD

MV Coastal Pride, a cement carrier had sunk 24 nautical miles south of Daman (75 NM North of Mumbai) on Wednesday morning, a Defence spokesperson said.

"In a swift response to an SOS from a distressed offshore coastal vessel MV Coastal Pride, navy and coast guard swung into action and rescued 14 crew members," said navy spokesperson, Captain DK Sharma was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Navy launched a SeaKing chopper at 0758 hrs from INS Shikra, Colaba, while CG launched two Chetak helicopters at around 0840 hrs for the rescue operation.

Six persons were picked by Coast Guard before the ship sank, while SeaKing helicopter saved six persons from the water and Coast Guard picked two persons, after it sank.

Rescued crew were safely evacuated to Umargaon.

The Navy helicopters on Monday had rescued 20 persons on board a listing merchant ship off Vasai coast in neighbouring Palghar district.

Defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar posted information and photographs about the rescue on Twitter.

With inputs PTI

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Updated Date: Jun 24, 2015 15:23:28 IST