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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Juhu Beach Headache:MV Rak’s captain, chief engineer arrested!


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August 6, 2011 / PTI, Mumbai / DC.

In this photo provided by the Indian Ministry of Defense  shows a Sea King helicopter of the Indian Navy rescuing a crewmember of MV Rak Carrier off the coast of Mumbai – AFP
In this photo provided by the Indian Ministry of Defense shows a Sea King helicopter of the Indian Navy rescuing a crewmember of MV Rak Carrier off the coast of Mumbai – AFP.

Two days after a coal-laden cargo vessel sank off the city coast, police on Saturday arrested the captain and chief engineer of the ill-fated ship for ‘carelessness’ and endangering lives of others.

"The sunken ship MV Rak's captain, Arkan Abdul Khalil Yunus (36), a Jordanian, and chief engineer Ioneseu Ion (54), a Romanian, were arrested under the IPC Section 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others)," said Bharat Bhoite, Inspector at Yellow Gate police station.

On Friday, the police had registered an FIR against the owner, captain and the crewmembers of the vessel.

"The carelessness of the captain, who is the in-charge of the ship, and the chief engineer, who should have taken care of technical aspects of vessel, has caused the ship to go down the water," said Bhoite.

The police did not comment when asked if more arrests were likely, but maintained they would continue to take appropriate actions as the probe progressed. 'MV Rak', which was on its way from Indonesia's Tutung to Dahej in Gujarat with 60,000 tonnes of coal, had a 30-member crew of Indonesian, Jordanian and Romanian nationalities, who were rescued by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard personnel before it sank on Thursday.


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