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Indian Navy, Coast Guard rescue 14 from sinking vessel off Daman

 
In a dramatic mission, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard rescued 14 members of crew, including the master, of MV Coastal Pride, a merchant vessel, as it sank 24 nautical miles south of Daman this morning, official sources said.
 
The sources said an Indian Navy Seaking helicopter took off from Mumbai at 0800 hours while two Coast Guard helicopters left a litte later, at 0840 hours, from Daman after receiving a distress call around 0630 hours from the vessel, a cement carrier.
 
The Coast Guard helicopters reached the spot first and rescued six men from the vessel. By the time the Seaking arrived on the scene, the vessel had already sunk and the remaining eight men were in the water.
 
In extremely rough weather conditions, the Seaking and the Chetaks managed to rescue the remaining members of crew from the sea, they said.
 
Ministry of Defence principal spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said on micro-blogging site Twitter that all 14 men were safely evacuated to Umargaon in South Gujarat.
 
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