The Indian Coast Guard has reported for 16 rescued crew members of the ship MV Priyanka that ran aground near Raigad coast yesterday. The merchant vessel was sailing with 19 metric tonnes of iron pellets from Mumbai.
The Coast Guard representatives announced that at 11.20 a.m. on Monday the sailors of the vessel MV Priyanka had issued a distress call. The container ship had arrived at Revdanda on Raigad coast on Sunday afternoon.
The 70-metre-long MV Priyanka was at anchor during the incident. As a conclusion, the bad weather was responsible for the fate of the ship. The vessel is sailing with IMO number 9266499, has MMSI 419452000 and is a container ship built in 2002.
The Indian Coast Guard informed:
"The vessel broke anchor and started drifting.due to inclement weather. After sometime, the vessel tilted dangerously. A Chetak helicopter was pressed into action to save the stranded crew members."
"Five of the crew had used the life-raft of the vessel and abandoned the ship when the vessel tilted dangerously to one side. All the 16 crew members were rescued."