Rest of Asia

Pakistan Navy rescue 15 crew members after ship carrying cargo from India sinks

Filed on August 2, 2021
Rescued crew members upon arrival at Karachi. Photo: APP

Three more members have yet to be found.

Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) on Sunday rescued crew members onboard a cargo ship that sank due to strong winds and tide.

The joint operation was conducted at 180 nautical miles south of Karachi.


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According to a Pakistan Navy news release, the ship was carrying cargo from India to Somalia.

Emergency messages sent by the crew before sinking were received by a nearby cargo ship, MT Elan Vital, and five crew members were immediately rescued.

Upon receiving the information, Pakistan Navy aircraft on air surveillance was directed to the site and a PMSA aircraft and a ship were also immediately dispatched for assistance.

Rescuers initially identified eight crew members and five more were later rescued with the help of a life raft.


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Another nearby ship, MT Desh Abhimaan, helped rescue another five members. So far, 15 out of 18 crew members — all of whom belong to Syria — have been rescued.

Pakistan Navy and PMSA are currently conducting search operations through ships and aircraft to find the other three members.

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