Crew of sunken merchant vessel rescued in Odisha

Kolkata, Oct 14 : The missing crew of the China-bound merchant vessel, who were located Sunday night by the Coast Guard, were rescued early Monday in Odisha's Balasore district.

The 18-member crew of the Panama registered MV Bingo was rescued 28 nautical miles north-east of Balasore. They were escorted to the Balasore police station, a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

"The crew was rescued today (Monday) early morning from 28 nautical miles north-east of Balasore. They are all healthy and Odisha police have accompanied them to Balasore police station," the spokesperson said.

The crew members of the merchant vessel went missing after their ship sank near Sagar Island in West Bengal.

The crew left the ship in a life raft after the vessel was caught in the cyclonic storm Phailin Saturday night.

They were located around 45 nautical miles off Sagar Island.

The ship carrying iron ore left Haldia Dock Complex Saturday.

--IANS (Posted on 14-10-2013)

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