Listing tanker abandoned in Arabian Sea off India; all 22 crew rescued

Photo: Indian Coast Guard

The Indian Coast Guard successfully rescued all 22 crewmembers of a commercial tanker that was abandoned after it suffered water ingress and listed heavily in the Arabian Sea off northwestern India on Wednesday, July 6.

The Panamanian-flagged Global King 1 had earlier departed Sharjah in the UAE and was en route to Karwar on southern India’s western coast when it sent out a distress alert indicating water ingress while some 185 kilometres off the coast of Porbandar in Gujarat.

The crew abandoned the vessel following unsuccessful attempts to control the flooding.

All 22 crewmembers were subsequently picked up out of the water by vessels and helicopters that were despatched by the Indian Coast Guard. The survivors include 20 Indian, one Pakistani, and one Sri Lankan national.

Global King 1 was transporting around 6,000 tonnes of bitumen at the time.

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