Mangaluru: The Indian Coast Guard rescued 23 workers from a flooded barge in the Arabian sea off Ullal on west coast of Karnataka till Sunday morning.
Reportedly, a total of 33 workers were on board the barge when it hit a rock and began taking in water on Saturday.
“The Coast Guard swung into action when it received a distress call at 5:00pm from the workers on the barge, located at 4km south of Old Port Mangaluru,” Mangaluru deputy commissioner of police KM Shantaraju was quoted as saying by a media report.
Meanwhile, the rescue operation had to be put on hold temporarily due to inclement weather.
The Coast Guard ship Amartya, which brought four workers to the shore on Saturday, resumed the operation early in the day to save the rest of the crew stuck on the barge.
According to the last information received at the time of filing this report, the rescue operation is still on.
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