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Navy rescues 20 from drifting vessel

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Mumbai, June 22:

The Indian Navy rescued 20 people from a drifting vessel off the Mumbai coast early Monday after receiving a distress signal, an official said.

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The vessel, Jindal Kamakshi, with 20 onboard, was 40 nautical miles from Mumbai harbour and 25 nautical miles off Vasai coast, and sent distress message around mid-night.

One Seaking helicopter was launched and a ship was also despatched to provide assistance.

With extremely bad weather conditions prevailing in and around Mumbai, at around 7.45 a.m. on Monday, the Seaking helicopter launched a mission to rescue the crew to INS Shikra, the naval base at Colaba.

“The sea is very rough and visibility is just one nautical mile,” a navy spokesperson said.

The helicopter first rescued 19 crew members of the ship, and the Master of the ship, who had stayed back, was rescued later. (IANS)