Floating restaurant in Mumbai Ark Deck Bar sinks, no casualties
Popular floating restaurant 'Ark Deck Bar', off the coast near Bandra, capsized and sank on Friday evening under the possible impact of huge tidal waves trigged by the Mekuni Cyclone, police said.
According to sources, due to pressure from the high tide, the anchor slipped off the ship and the vessel hit a rock which lead to a hole in the ship.
At least 15 people on board, mostly crew, were immediately rescued as the vessel tilted dangerously this evening and were taken ashore in small motorboats, according to an official of Bandra Police station.
There are 3 floating restaurants along the sea coast in Mumbai near Bandra Worli sea link and all 3 should have moved been due to the approaching monsoon season. It is yet to be determined why the vessels were never moved.
The floating restaurant was to be moved from the coast from the Bandra Sea Link jetty earlier in the morning.
The 'Ark Deck Bar' floatel, a luxurious offshore dining and party attraction, has a capacity of around 150 people and was anchored some distance off the Bandra Jetty, offering a magnificent view of the Mumbai skyline and the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra Worli Sea Link nearby.
Meanwhile, the owner of Mumbai's first floatel, 'AB Celestial', Aishwarya Bhende said her vessel was shifted to and anchored off the Ferry Wharf in south Mumbai a couple of days ago after the Mekuni Cyclone warning was issued by the maritime authorities.
"Our floatel is absolutely safe and is anchored at the Ferry Wharf. There is some speculation that it had met with a tragedy, but that is not correct," Bhende told media persons.
(With IANS inputs)