Crane vessel IBIS sinking UPDATE all crew rescued
June 4 UPDATE: According to local media reports, referring to ICG statement, remaining 23 crew were rescued in the morning June 4. Abandoned crane barge seems to be resting on bottom, being partially flooded.
Crane vessel IBIS, deployed in breakwater construction works at Mangalore, India, Laccadive sea, was caught in stormy weather on June 3 and pushed onto breakwater, with 27 crew on board, alerting authorities at 1645 LT. Indian patrol ship ICGS AMARTYA managed to evacuate 4 crew by lowered inflatable boat, which towed a liferaft with 4 crew to AMARTYA, then suspended rescue operation because of deteriorating weather and coming nighttime. Helicopters should be deployed, said locals, but for unknown reason, they weren’t. As of 0300 UTC June 4, situation unknown, SAR was to be resume with daylight, deploying hovercraft and helicopter, officials said.