All 12 crew of MV Kanchan stranded off Umargam rescued

The crew of cargo vessel MV Kanchan, which was stranded off Umargam, Gujarat amid inclement weather on July 21, have been safely evacuated by MV Hermeez, the ICG said..

Stranded MV Kanchan (Photo: Twitter)

All the 12 crew of the cargo vessel MV Kanchan stranded off Umargam, Gujarat amid inclement weather, have been rescued by the Indian Coast Guard, official sources said.

Braving rough seas, MV Hermeez safely evacuated all the 12 crew of MV Kanchan in a swift night operation, the ministry stated.

“In a swiftly coordinated operation by MRCC #Mumbai, MV Hermeez, braving rough seas, rescued 12 crew of distressed vessel MV Kanchan stranded off Umargam, #Maharashtra on 21 Jul night.Well done Hermeez,” the Indian Coast Guard tweeted

The Union Defence Ministry said in a release that the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai had received information from DG Communication center, Mumbai in the afternoon of July 21, 2021 that MV Kanchan is stranded due to contamination in fuel thereby rendering the engine non-operational and no electrical power onboard, amid inclement weather.

Later in evening, the master of the vessel intimated that MV Kanchan, carrying steel coils as cargo, had dropped anchor and was tilting towards Starboard (right) side.

The MRCC Mumbai instantly activated the International Safety Net (ISN) and MV Hermeez was immediately diverted towards the distressed vessel. Braving rough seas and safely evacuated the 12 crew of MV Kanchan, the ministry stated.

Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Water Lily has also been deployed by DG Shipping, Mumbai for assisting the stranded vessel. In addition, two tugs have been deployed by the vessel owners to render assistance to the vessel, the release added.

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First Published:July 22, 2021, 12:02 p.m.

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