Bhuj, Apr 15 : The Indian Coast Guard rescued seven crew members of a sinking barge (a long flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight) in Arabian sea, off Mitha port of Kutch district in Gujarat, on Monday.
One crew member of the barge Velim, which was reportedly carrying salt and got overturned due to strong winds and rough sea conditions, was still missing.
According to Defence Spokesperson Wing Commander Puneet Chadha, a distress call was received at Coast Guard Station Jakhau at about 0545 hrs, seeking assistance for their sinking barge.
''ICG Interceptor Boat C-408 patrolling at sea, was diverted immediately and despite adverse weather conditions of winds gusting up to 40 kts, the search and rescue efforts culminated in successfully saving seven precious lives. One missing crew is frantically being searched using sea air coordinated method by augmenting a Dornier aircraft,'' he added.UNI