Eight missing after ONGC supply vessel sinksNews // July 10, 2007
The Hindu newspaper in India reports that the Indian Coast Guard, ONGC and the Indian Navy have launched a search and rescue effort to save eight of the 17 crew of the OSV Samudrika 10, which sank on Monday afternoon (July 9th).
Coast Guard officer Commandant Pankaj Agarwal told The Hindu that the vessel was 56 nautical miles from Mumbai when the engine room flooded and it sank. While nine of the crew were rescued and taken to an oil platform, eight are still missing.
Said the article: "Coast Guard and naval helicopters and three ONGC supply vessels have been scanning the sea for the missing crew. The operations were to continue throughout Monday night."
ONGC owns the vessel but it is operated and maintained by a Chennai-based firm, Sical Logistics Ltd.
ONGC said Samudrika 10 was one of the 60 vessels deployed on the Mumbai High field.
Mumbai High produces 33 million tonnes of crude, about 40 per cent of the country’s total output.