Casino Ship Hits Sandbar In Goa, 4 Crew Members Rescued

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 17, 2017

Panaji (Goa), July 16 (ANI): Indian Coast Guard on Sunday airlifted four injured crew members from an offshore casino vessel that got grounded off Miramar beach in Panaji in Goa.

Badkar said, no request was made to rescue the remaining 15 crew members, which included the casino vessel's captain. The opposition accused the coalition government in the state of trying to use back door means to introduce a sixth offshore casino in the river adjoining the state capital.

Speaking to PTI, Deputy Inspector General of Indian Coast Guard Manoj Badkar said: "The vessel got stuck in the Aguada sandbar off the Miramar coast".

Captain Of Ports has denied permission to bring the casino into river Mandovi during high tide, but the vessel was brought to the mouth of Mandovi with permission from the High Court to bring it in at their own risk.

One of the four crew members, who were being rescued, had suffered a serious injury on his hand while three others were suffering from acute sea sickness. The rope breaking also caused injuries to a few crew members.

The news agency reports that MV Lucky 7 is owned by former Haryana Home Minister Gopal Kanda.

The vessel hit Miramar beach on Sunday Morning and later in the evening during high tide the vessel stuck right on the sea shore at Miramar.

Aanand Madgaonkar, whose company undertook the salvage operation, blamed the owners of the vessel. The salvager reportedly told the news agency that the vessel's owner could have waited until the sandbar is opened for traffic in September to bring the vessel onto the Mandovi.

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