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Friday, August 5, 2011

M.V. RAK: “A big thank you, Navy, for saving our lives”!

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Staff Reporter, The Hindu / MUMBAI, August 5, 2011.

People onboard MV Rak being rescued by the Indian Coast Guard off Mumbai coast on Thursday.

Crew of the carrier, which sank in the Arabian Sea, was saved by Indian Navy, Coast Guard

Dody Suryauuan, the 36-year-old Indonesian motorman of move. Rak Carrier, sat with his hands folded. A soiled and oil-stained T-shirt and a pair of soiled track-pants that he wore was all he could manage to salvage after his home and workplace for nearly two months started sinking in front of his eyes.

The 225-metre-long and 32.2-metre-wide Panama-flagged bulk carrier sank in the Arabian Sea on Thursday afternoon, nearly 20 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast. Its crew was saved by the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard in a joint operation. The Captain of the ship said he managed to get everyone's passport and travel documents with him.

“A big thank you, Navy… they… very good,” Dody said in broken English, as he tried to explain how the Navy evacuated them.

Son of a seaman, he had grown up to love the profession. “It is dangerous but no problem,” he said. This was his first visit to Mumbai, an unplanned and not a very pleasant one. Waiting outside the Yellow Gate police station where all the crew members were brought, he kept looking at the incessant rain.

“[Does] it keep raining here like this?” he asked, suddenly feeling choked. As he tried to wipe off his tears, he said: “[It] reminds [me] of my country, my home. There also it keeps raining like this. People here look same as people of my country. I am sad. I remember my country, my home.” He said he would soon meet his parents, wife and daughter.

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