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India desptches aircrafts two days after the mishap involving 26 Indian crew members off the Philipphines coast

India has dispatched a naval patrol aircraft to Manila to search for sailors of the MV Emerald Star, a cargo ship that sank in the waters to the north-east of the Philippines on October thirteenth, two days after the mishap.  Media reports say that are 26 Indian crew present in the ship when it sank off the Philippines coast.

The vessel bearing a Hong Kong flag sank after it was caught on a typhoon. The bulk carrier weighing 33,000 tons sent out distress signal on October 13th night while it was sailing 300 kilometers North of Philppines.

According to reports quoting Japanese coastguards, the ships in the vicinity have rescued 16 of the 26 Indian crew members. The search is on for ten more members who are still missing.

Among the crew members missing in the mid sea include sailor from Madurai 25 year old Gautam who boarded the ill fated ship bound for china from Indonesia. His parents have approached the external affairs ministry for assistance.

The P-8I patrol aircraft was dispatched two days after the ship sank carried two 'search and rescue' kits which contain inflatable dinghies and emergency food and water supply, which can be dropped near any survivors.

The cargo ship Emerald Star sank in the Pacific off the Philippines, as a typhoon churned in the region.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted that those seeking information regarding the accident can get in touch with the MEA control room at 0091-11-23012113/ 0091-11-23017905 and 0091-11-23015300 or at controlroom@mea.gov.in.

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