A ship of the Coast Guard of India came to the rescue of a distressed cargo vessel that was suffering from a crack below the water line.
The cargo ship MV ASIAN EXPRESS had 22 crew members on its board during the time it started sinking. All of them were successfully saved and are aboard the Coast Guard's vessel ICGS Varuna.
The sinking cargo vessel is presently about 42 n.m. north of Minicoy Island in Lakshadweep and is still flooding. The cargo ship ASIAN EXPRESS, sailing under the flag of Maldives had set sail from Port Qasim in Pakistan en route to Maldives with a reported cargo of sand and cement.
The damaged cargo ship ASIAN EXPRESS is owned by Lily Enterprise and was built in 1977 by Meyer Neptun Rostock in Germany.