MARCO assigned by Indian Navy anchors burning MV SSL -Kolkata

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16 Jun 2018

In a daring and complex operation on Saturday, a helicopter from the Eastern Naval Command hauled down one MARCO(s) officer on MV - SSL Kolkata which had been on fire since the past two days to prevent its drift towards the international maritime boundary line in the Sundarbans delta between India and Bangladesh.
After the ship caught fire on 14 June in the Bay of Bengal, all 22 crew members were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard ship Rajkiran and Dornier aircraft. Coast Guard units undertook the rescue operation despite bad weather and rough sea conditions. By the time the rescue team reached MV SSL Kolkata, about 70 percent of the vessel was on fire, and the master of the vessel had abandoned ship off the Sagar Island at the mouth of the Ganges Delta.
A Sea King 42C chopper of the Eastern Naval Command first lowered one MARCO(S) officer to the burning ship, who later called in three other members on-board. The team then managed to drop the starboard anchor and also prepared the seamanship gear, in case the vessel needed to be towed. The nature of the threat was evident from the explosion onboard in the forenoon which restarted the fire.