Indian Coast Guard rescues nine crew from sinking vessel Ganga-I off Cinque Island
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued nine crew from sinking vessel Ganga-I off Cinque Island on June 23, 2021. The ICG had received a distress alert from Tug Ganga-I in approx. 30 nm South East of Port Blair. The Tug with nine crew had reportedly left Port Blair on June 22, 2021 with a barge, loaded with construction material, under tow. The vessel was scheduled to arrive at Hutbay in the early hours of June 23, 2021. However, the vessel crew observed heavy flooding in the engine room and activated distress to alert the authorities. Due to uncontrolled flooding, the crew had abandoned the Tug and took shelter onboard a barge for safety.
The ICG immediately launched a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation in coordination with Port Management Board (PMB), Port Blair in which ICG ships and PMB Tug ‘Ocean Marvel’ were deployed for response. ICG ship C-146 and ICG ship C-412 on routine deployment were immediately diverted for assistance. ICG ship Durgabai Deshmukh and PMB Tug ‘Ocean Marvel’ sailed from Port Blair with a damage control team and de-flooding equipment for immediate assistance.
The crew of the distress vessel was rescued and is reported to be safe. However, one crew sustained a leg injury and was successfully evacuated by ICG ship C-146. The crew was brought to Port Blair and has been shifted to GB Pant hospital for further medical management.