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  • Mahabalipuram News updated on November 01, 2012 21:12 IST

Coast Guard continues search operations to look for missing five sailors of stranded ship

Coast Guard helicopters and boats have launched, what it called, a "massive search and rescue operation" to locate five sailors missing since yesterday after trying to leave a ship stranded off the coast of Chennai, following cyclone Nilam's landfall.

Three more ships and two Dornier aircraft were pulled in for the air-sea coordinated search and to look out of any others ships in distress along the coast of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.

  • Mahabalipuram News updated on November 01, 2012 12:35 IST

Cyclone Nilam: Choppers, boats rescue 15 sailors, five still missing

Between 6:30 and 7:30 am this morning, two Coast Guard choppers and small vessels rescued 15 sailors trapped on an oil tanker. Another five are still missing.

The crew members of the Pratbiha Cauvery were collected this morning after they spent the night trapped on the ship which had been anchored near the Chennai port but was cut loose during the gales that preceded Cyclone Nilam's landfall last evening. Rescue operations were suspended at dusk on account of bad weather.

  • Mahabalipuram News updated on October 31, 2012 16:32 IST

Cyclone Nilam hits Tamil Nadu, thousands evacuated

Cyclone Nilam crossed Chennai and made landfall at Mahabalipuram, south of the Tamil Nadu capital at about 4.30 pm on Wednesday. Two people have been reported dead in storm-related incidents. One person died and six other members of an oil tanker's crew are feared missing, after their ship ran aground off the Chennai coast. 15 crew members are still on board the private ship, MT Pratibha Cauvery; 16 people who managed to escape are in hospital.

On Wednesday afternoon, the captain of the ship had warned the 37 people on board that the ship could sink after it ran aground near Chennai's Marina beach. 17 members then jumped into a life boat which capsized in the choppy waters. One person died, and by last night, 16 had reached the shore, with help from local fishermen. They were rushed to hospital.

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