Oman Vessel Rescues 19-Member Crew From A Sinking Vessel

The ill-fated merchant vessel that measured 102 meters in length and carried approximately 3,911 tonnes of bitumen was in transit from Mangalore in Karnataka to the port of Khor Fakkan on the Sea of Oman.

MT Barth reportedly drowned 41 nm west of the Ratnagiri coast. When the Wadi Bani Khalid vessel got the distress call, it immediately responded and rushed to rescue the crew members of the sinking boat, facing difficult navigational conditions such as strong winds and sea turbulence.

The spokesperson of the Indian Coast Guard explained that while on regular patrols in that area, the guard got a distress call from MT Parth and sent out a request for assistance to nearby commercial vessels.

Image for representation purposes, only the Assad Group’s Wadi Bani Khalid ship responded by providing a helping hand, ensuring that the sinking vessel’s crew members were rescued and transported to receive medical care and take other official procedures.

Commenting on the incident, the Wadi Bani Khaled ship captain said after they got a distress call, they headed toward the closest safe distance from the sinking ship and started lowering the rescue boat. The crew members who were asked to jump overboard into the water and swim away from the stricken vessel were saved by a rescue boat.

Bani Khaled ship was recognized recently by the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue, AMVER, a computer-based global vessel-reporting system sponsored by the US Coast Guard that aims to preserve property and ensure safety and life at sea.

The mission of AMVER is to provide Search and Rescue authorities on demand with information on the characteristics and positions of distressed vessels, resulting in a safer maritime sector.

References: Times Of Oman, Muscat Daily

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