Crew rescued in stormy Bay of Bengal after 10 hours in a life raft

The crew of an Indian general cargo ship survived for 10 hours in a life raft in stormy seas in the Bay of Bengal after their ship sank yesterday. The Indian Coast Guard rescued the men yesterday afternoon in an air-sea coordinated operation about 400 km from Port Blair.

The ITT Panther, belonging to Kolkata’s ITT Shipping, had set out from Kolkata on July 15.

The coast guard received a distress call early yesterday morning. The 32-year-old ship is understood to have tilted dramatically as its cargo shifted during heavy monsoon weather.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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