Only one crewman managed to be saved from the tragedy
According to the Times of India, five sailors died after inhaling poisonous gas in a tragic incident onboard a gas tanker belonging to a private shipping company on Monday. One crewman managed to be saved from the tragedy, as he was airlifted off the vessel at sea by the Indian Navy. The condition of the sailor airlifted from MV Maharshi Krishnatreya, an Indian flagged vessel belonging to Varun Shipping Company, was reported to be serious, according to official sources.
The Navy in Mumbai had received a call from the shipping company at 10.45 am about the casualties onboard MV Maharshi Krishnatreya, which was enroute to United Arab Emirates and was about 140 NM southwest of Porbandar.
A Sea King MK 42C helicopter flew from Mumbai for casualty evacuation of personnel from the ship. tnn In addition, INS Tabar, which was at sea, was also directed to proceed to render assistance. The Sea King helicopter carried out casualty evacuation of one person to Porbandar, the sources said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Coast Guard, too, dispatched one ship from Veraval and another from Porbandar with medical teams towards Maharshi Krishnatreya, which reportedly had a total of 20 crew onboard. However, by the time they reached, five sailors had already died onboard the private tanker after inhaling the poisonous gas. The directorate general of shipping has initiated necessary action in the matter even as the identities of the deceased are yet to be established.
Source: Times of India