Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Coast Guard Ship Comes To The Rescue Of Merchant Vessel

Coast Guard District Headquarters No 4 based at Kochi dispatched Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Lakshmibai from Kochi at about 1:20 AM today in response to a distress call received from MV Arosia, an Antigua and Barbuda’ Flagged Bulk Carrier. The vessel was on voyage from New Mangalore to Singapore and was carrying iron ore. The distressed vessel reported casualties as a result of a fire onboard in the three cabins on its main deck. The distress call from the vessel was received at about 11:55 PM on April 26 at Kochi whilst the vessel was about 72 nautical miles south of Kochi.

ICGS Lakshmibai arrived beside MV Arosia at about 6:30 AM today. A Dornier aircraft of the Coast Guard was also kept standby for any emergent requirements. Arrangements are being made by the ships agents, to disembark the bodies of the two crew members of the ship who died as a result of asphyxiation. Essential repairs to the communication equipments would also be carried out by the ship which is presently anchored off Kochi.

Courtesy:PRO Kochi/CHINDITS

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