MV Coastal Pride, a cement carrier sunk 24 nautical miles south of Daman (75 NM North of Mumbai) this morning, a Defence spokesperson said.

Navy launched a SeaKing chopper at 7.58 am from INS Shikra, Colaba, while CG launched two Chetak helicopters at around 8.40 am for the rescue operations.

Six people were fished out by Coast Guard before the ship sank, while SeaKing helicopter saved six others from the water and Coast Guard picked two persons, after it sank.

Rescued crew were safely evacuated to Umargaon. The Navy helicopters on Monday had rescued 20 persons onboard a listing merchant ship off Vasai coast in neighbouring Palghar district.

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