Mumbai: Contrary to what the authorities had expected the general cargo vessel Jindal Kamakshi, which ran into severe difficulties off Mumbai yesterday, has yet to sink. The ship, which required the navy to helicopter the crew off yesterday, following water ingress and the ship listing, is now anchored 40 nautical miles north of Mumbai. Around 20 containers have been spotted around the ship.
The seas are reported as rough, and the vessel could sink soon. The cause of the breach in the ship has yet to be determined.
The ship’s captain Mahendra Pal Prabhakar recounted to the Times of India the stressful night the crew had had as the ship listed 20 degrees and they awaited rescue.
“The crew spent a scary night onboard. There was a time when they decided to jump into the sea before the ship sank. I told them not to worry and that help will reach,” Prabhakar said. “After the ship suffered damage, the crew was instructed to settle on the bridge so that if the ship started sinking, no one could be trapped inside.”
The coastguard expects the ship to sink soon.