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Indian Coast Guard rescues 11 off sinking vessel

Mumbai: The Indian Coast Guard on Thursday rescued all 11 crew members of a Maldivian cargo ship bound for Male, as it started sinking off the Kerala coastline near Vizhinjam at the Indian peninsular tip.

On getting a distress signal from the vessel, Coast Guard rushed rescue teams in two ships and saved all the crew members. The water inside the vessel was pumped out, and it was towed ashore on Thursday evening.

The vessel, carrying food products for the Maldives, had set off from Vizhinjam port on Wednesday evening. It began flooding after sailing for about three hours.

Although the crew members tried to steer the vessel to the shore, their attempts failed and it started sinking. Its distress call was acted upon immediately by the Coast Guard, which acted promptly to save the crew and the vessel, about seven nautical miles from Thiruvananthapuram.

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Shirish Nadkarni

Shirish Nadkarni is a management consultant and freelance international journalist, who has been writing on all spheres of Indian business for the past three decades for a number of reputed overseas publications. An avid sportsman, Nadkarni has represented India in international veterans' badminton since 1997, and was the 55+ age group doubles world champion in 2005.
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