Indian Coastguard and coastal security police have saved 27 crew members of
dredger Ibis which was operting in the Old Mangalore port. The dredger reported
distress on June 2 after hitting the reef in the Arabian Sea.
On receipt of distress message at the Coastguard headquaters at New
Mangaluru a coastguard ship was diverted to the distressed dredger. The vessel Amartya reached the dredger late evening.
It deployed its inflatable rubber boat Gemini. The four crew members of the
dredger were by then on their life boat. The crew members were transferred to
Gemini and taken to the coastguard vessel safely.
The rescue operation was called off at dusk because of the heavy winds and
heavy swell in the area. The coastguard vessel Amartya stayed in the area for
the night but was in constant communication with the remaining dredger crew.
Gemini life boat was lowered again at dawn on June 3 and the remainining
crew were brought to the coastguard vessel despite inclement monsoon weather.
The coastal security service also was sent in boat which also ferried the crew
from the dredger to the coastguard vessel.
rescue operation was completed on June third morning.