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MV Emerald Star disappears near Philippines coast, India sends aircraft to search missing sailors

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[Updated:16 October 2017 09:53]
MV Emerald Star disappears near Philippines coast, India sends aircraft to search missing sailors

MV Emerald Star disappears near Philippines coast

An Indian Navy aircraft was moves to assist in rescue operations for the suddenly disappeared sailors of MV Emerald Star which sank near the Philippines coast on October 13,2017. MV Emerald Star ship was carrying 26 Indians on board.

Official said, "A P-8I (Navy 323) left from its base at 11.45 pm last night. Indian aircrafts to reach in Manila at 9.00 am local time (01:00 UTC) and stars its  search and rescue operations right away." The aircraft is equipped with 2 SAR kits which contain an inflatable dinghy capable of carrying 10 people. It is also carrying emergency food and water supplies meant for airdropping to survivors.
 
On 14th october, "the 33,205 tonne Emerald Star sent a distress signal to the Japanese coastguard as it sailed 280 km east of northern tip of Philippines. According to a Japanese coastguard spokesperson,2 patrol boats and two planes were immediately dispatched to the site but a typhoon had made the rescue difficult."  The spokesperson also said that "the cargo ship had sunk while three other vessels sailing near the area rescued 15 crew members". However, 11 persons were untraceable.
 

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