Boat Rescue: Goa police book two for endangering human lives

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Vasco: Goa police has booked two persons for endangering human lives after a tourist boat was stranded mid-water forcing the Indian Coast Guard to rescue 26 persons off Mormugao Harbour on Monday.

In all 24 tourists and two crew members were rescued by Indian Coast Guard on Monday after it noticed the ship MV Nerul Paradise in distress stranded near Raj Bhavan waters, two kilometres away from Mormugao Harbour.

A senior police officer said on Tuesday that the offence has been registered against the owner of the boat — Vasudev Calangutkar and its operator — Abhishekh Rathod for endangering human life.

Both the accused were arrested on Monday, he said adding that the owner allowed the operator to operate the inland passenger boat without any document or licence from the competent authority to operate it.

 

The operator has been accused of negligently operating the boat without licence and ventured into the sea thereby endangering the life of the passengers and a crew member who were onboard and got stranded in the sea.

 

The complaint suo Moto filed by police mentions that the operator could not navigate the boat in the sea and had to be rescued by the Indian Coast Guard.

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