Ship with over 600 passengers towed to safety after being stranded off Lakshadweep coast
MV Kavaratti was stranded on Wednesday after a fire broke out in its engine room and the engine had to be shut down after extinguishing the flames
A ship with 624 passengers and 85 crew on board that was stranded off the coast of Lakshadweep on Wednesday was safely towed by a coast guard vessel to Androth island and reached there on Thursday morning.
Disabled passenger vessel was taken under tow in dark hours by Coast Guard Ship Samarth and reached Androth 0900/02 Dec. All passangers & crew reported to be safe. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/0rwHqPeIQW
— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) December 2, 2021
The welfare officer of the ship, MV Kavaratti, told PTI that all passengers were safe and sound and those who were bound for Androth were disembarked there. The remaining passengers, who were going to other islands of the archipelago, would be transferred to MV Corals, which would ferry them to their respective destinations, the welfare officer added.
One of the passengers — Sameer Babu — who is a resident of Androth, told PTI that there was no backend support, like food and water, from the Lakshadweep administration or the mainland while the ship was stranded in the high seas for over six hours on Wednesday. Babu, who was returning home from Kochi on the ship, said it was the vessel's crew who took care of the passengers' needs like food and water and "they are our real heroes".
The passenger ship was stranded on the high seas about 16 nautical miles from Kavaratti on Wednesday after a fire broke out in its engine room and the engine had to be shut down, subsequently, after extinguishing the flames, sources had said. The ship was en route to Androth from Kavaratti, where it had arrived on Monday from Kochi with over 600 passengers, when the incident occurred, sources had said. By Thursday morning, the stranded vessel was towed to port by Coast Guard ship Samarth.
The passenger vessel MV Kavaratti is operated by the Lakshadweep Development Corporation Ltd (LDCL). Having reached Kavaratti on Wednesday from Kochi, the vessel was sailing to Androth and Kalpeni islands. It was to leave Kalpeni on Thursday for Kadmat and Agatti islands before returning to Kavaratti.
With input from PTI
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