The Indian Coast Guard had received a distress alert from Tug Ganga-I in approx
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) rescued nine crew from sinking vessel Ganga-I off Cinque Island on June 23, 2021. The ICG had received a distress alert from Tug Ganga-I in approx. 30 nm South East of Port Blair. The Tug with nine crew had reportedly left Port Blair on June 22, 2021, with a barge, loaded with construction material, undertow. The vessel was scheduled to arrive at Hutbay in the early hours of June 23, 2021. However, the vessel crew observed heavy flooding in the engine room and activated distress to alert the authorities. Due to uncontrolled flooding, the crew had abandoned the Tug and took shelter onboard a barge for safety.
The Indian Coast Guard immediately launched a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation in coordination with Port Management Board (PMB), Port Blair in which ICG ships and PMB Tug ‘Ocean Marvel’ were deployed for a response. ICG ship C-146 and ICG ship C-412 on routine deployment were immediately diverted for assistance. ICG ship Durgabai Deshmukh and PMB Tug ‘Ocean Marvel’ sailed from Port Blair with a damage control team and de-flooding equipment for immediate assistance.
The crew of the distressed vessel was rescued and is reported to be safe. However, one crew sustained a leg injury and was successfully evacuated by ICG ship C-146. The crew was brought to Port Blair and has been shifted to GB Pant hospital for further medical management.