Four crew members rescued after casino cruise ship hits sandbar in Goa

Judith Bessette
Julho 17, 2017

Even as Indian Coast Guard rescued four sailors from an offshore casino vessel on Sunday, a political storm brewed in Goa after the ship drifted towards Panaji's Miramar beach due to a choppy sea. The sources also said that it was impossible to approach the vessel until Sunday morning, mainly because the rescue boats can not reach the vessel until high tide provides sufficient water for their movement up to the sand bar.

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 MV Lucky 7 casino cruise ship was on its way from Mormugao harbour to the Mandovi river where it is supposed to be anchored but got stuck, just a week after it was given permission to set sail by the High Court of Bombay. 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.

The Indian Coast Guard carried out medical evacuation of four patients from a vessel off Panjim coast.

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The vessel from which the four crew members were rescued, MV lucky Seven, reportedly belongs to a company owned by former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda and is now awaiting license and permits to enter the Mandovi river. An attempt will be made to tug the vessel on Sunday during the high tide. 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.

The casino is learnt to be owned by former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda.

The vessel should be removed from the sandbar or else it will affect the Miramar beach, he said.

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