23 aboard sinking barge off Karnataka coast rescued

23 aboard sinking barge off Karnataka coast rescued

23 aboard sinking barge off Karnataka coast rescued

Indian coast guard members Sunday rescued 27 workers from a flooded barge off coast in southern Indian state of Karnataka, officials said.

Braving strong winds and inclement weather conditions, the Indian Coast Guard with assistance of the Coastal Security Police and local swimmers on Sunday rescued all the 27 members of IBIS barge that was stranded in the sea near Ullal Coast in Dakshina Kannada after hitting a reef on Saturday.

The dredging barge Ibis started sinking on 2 nautical miles south off old Mangaluru port in India. At the scene of the troubled barge was dispatched the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Amartya, which was on patrol in vicinity. At first light, the rescue operation was resumed and the remaining people were rescued.

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The workers on board the dredger were engaged in operations when it got flooded. The entire operation was seamlessly coordinated amongst various stakeholders, said Coast Guard Karnataka Commander DIG S S Dasila. The Coast Guard ship ICGS Amartya maintained its position in area throughout the night with continuous communication with persons in the dredger.

The Coast Guard Hovercraft, ACV H-196 was also deployed and ICGS Rajdoot was kept on standby. Distress signals were sent out by those on the barge after the vessel began to list and sink into the Arabian sea off Ullal Coast. "The rescue operation is still going on even though weather is making it extremely hard.", adds the statement.

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