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Dramatic moment Indian coastguard airlifts sailors off a sinking ship as huge waves break over deck

Sixteen crew members were filmed being rescued from a sinking ship in rough waters by helicopter in dramatic footage.

The first mate of the MV Mangalam raised the alarm on Thursday when the weather suddenly worsened and it started taking on water in the Arabian Sea.

Two rescue helicopters and a ship from the Indian Coast Guard were dispatched to the barge, which was sinking near the Raigarh district of Maharashtra in western India.

A member of the crew of the MV Mangalam is winched from the deck of the ship which is already partially underwater

The Indian Coast Guard later tweeted that the ship was reported to have run aground off the coast Raigarh district of Maharashtra in western India

All crew members were safely winched to safety as the bow of the vessel disappeared beneath the waves. 

The coast guard later suggested that the Mangalam had run aground, and this had caused it to partially sink.

They tweeted: ‘In a daredevil sea-air coordinated operation in inclement weather and rough sea conditions, Chetak helicopters ex-Daman & Ship Subhadra Kumari Chauhan rescued 16 crew from Barge MV Mangalam reported aground off #Revdanda #Mumbai today.

Two helicopters were despatched to help the stricken MV Mangalam on Thursday 

The cargo ship, built in 1994, ran into trouble in strong winds and heavy rain off the coast

‘All crew safe. @DefenceMinIndia.’

One person replied to the post on Twitter: ‘Great team and salute to all the team members to complete the task with patience and rescue all of them.’

The MV Mangalam was built in 1994.  

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