Indian freighter Priyanka abandoned by crew, India

Indian general cargo vessel Priyanka drifted after dragging an anchor around midday July 14 on Alibag road, south of Mumbai, India, Arabian sea. Vessel loaded with ore pellets couldn’t dock in Alibag due to bad weather, and had to anchor, waiting for weather to improve, according to Indian media. Vessel started to drift towards the shore, with developing list, maybe caused by cargo shift. Crew requested an evacuation, fearing vessel could capsized or drift ashore, it’s not clear. Indian Coast Guard airlifted to safety 11 out of 16 crew, 5 left vessel on a life raft and believed to be safe. Vessel later, on July 15, was reported as safe, too. Drift stopped, though how did it happen, isn’t clear. It is understood, that vessel now is anchored on two anchors with maybe salvors and some of the crew on board.

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