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    Indian Coast Guard Rescues 20 People From a Stranded Ship in Arabian Sea

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): An Indian merchant vessel, with at least 20 persons on board, flooded due to heavy rain, has been stranded off the south-western Mangalore coast in the Arabian Sea.

    The Mumbai-based dredger named Tridevi Prem first reported flooding on Sunday (1st September). By early Sunday night, the crew sent a distress message to the Indian Coast Guard, who found 13 crew and six members of the repair team on board.

    "We got out 13 crew members in a life boat around 2.30 a.m. The operation was undertaken in extremely inclement and rough sea conditions", said an official from the Indian Coast Guard.

    ​Early on Monday morning, the crew abandoned the dredger and were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard ship Amartya, braving rough weather and heavy rain, while a tug owned by the New Mangalore Port Trust rescued the remaining members of the repair team.



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