Mumbai: The ill-fated Panamanian flagged cargo ship M.V. Rak Carrier, that was stuck off Mumbai harbour Thursday morning, sank around 3 p.m., raising apprehensions about an ecological threat to the area, an official said.
The 30 crewmen aboard -- all Indonesians, Jordanians and Romanians -- were rescued Thursday morning by a coordinated effort of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard, after the crew sent out a distress call around 8 a.m.
The vessel, which had tilted more than three-fourths by 2 p.m., started going down soon thereafter and sank in the next one hour, the official said.
Image: An Indian Coast Guard helicopter carries out rescue work for the people onboard M V Rak while it was sinking off Mumbai coast on August 4, 2011.