11 crew members battling for life as Indian ship sinks near Andaman coast

The Indian Coast Guard has been trying to rescue the crew members although the rough sea is hampering rescue works.

Published: 20th July 2017 03:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2017 03:33 PM   |  A+A-

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Express News Service

CHENNAI: Eleven crew members of an Indian cargo ship are reportedly stranded in the Indian Ocean after their ship sank, about 120 nautical miles off North Andaman Island's Diglipur today.

The Indian Coast Guard has been trying to rescue the crew members although the rough sea is hampering rescue works. 

“We have dispatched two of our vessels which are likely to reach the spot by 4 pm. Two of our aircrafts are also keeping a close watch on the crew,” an official
said.

“From the aircraft, we could only see the floating containers and crew members. The vessel was not seen at all," a coastguard spokesman told Express.

The 63-metre-long vessel, ITT Panther had 29 containers on board when it made a plunge to the bottom of the sea. The containers were carrying 500 metric tones of sand, 200 metric tonnes of steel and a car.

Rough sea is blamed for the incident.

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