Naval chopper rescues 4 crew members stranded after tugboat was caught in low tide off Mumbai coast

A distress call was received by the Mumbai Police Control Room from tugboat Sonika, which ran aground in the waters off Raj Bhavan during low tide.

Four crew members of a tugboat Sonika, who were stranded off Mumbai coast on Monday night, were rescued by Indian Navy Seaking42C helicopter.

A distress call was received by the Mumbai Police Control Room from tugboat Sonika, which ran aground in the waters off Raj Bhavan during low tide.

A Navy spokesperson has confirmed

The site is in the vicinity of the area where the Shivaji Statue is planned to be built.

While the Mumbai police rushed a boat from Mahim, it could not get to the point where the tugboat Sonika was lying stranded due to the rocks and shallow water there.

Mumbai police then immediately contacted the Indian Navy for assistance and also the Joint Operations Center. At about 11.20 pm, a naval Seaking C helicopter, with divers on board, was launched from the naval airbase in Shikra. The helicopter was able to rescue all the four men stranded on the tugboat and returned to the base by 11.45 pm.

"The rescued men were provided a medical check-up on arrival by doctors of INS Shikra. The crew members are safe and no injury was reported," said commander Rahul Sinha, Defense spokesperson in Mumbai.

The tugboat is a boat that manoeuvres vessels by pushing or towing them. Tugs move vessels that either should not move by themselves, such as ships in a crowded harbour or a narrow canal, or those that could not move by themselves, such as barges, disabled ships, rafts or even oil platforms. Tugboats are huge in size and strongly built. However, the tugboat stranded off Raj Bhavan has not yet been brought back. The private company which is registered in Mumbai and owns the tugboat will now have to undertake this responsibility.