Four rescued from casino vessel, political storm brews in Goa

Paterniano Del Favero
Luglio 17, 2017

The Indian Coast Guard carried out medical evacuation of four patients from a vessel off Panjim coast.

Public relations officer of the company Damodar Bhatkar stated that the licence was granted by the government in 2006 for operation in Mandovi river, and is the second offshore casino licence, which was transferred from MV Leela in 2009. "We have told them they can not bring the vessel into the Mandovi because of the weather", Parrikar said, adding that the vessel will be taken out with the help of a tug.

The vessel from which the four crew members were rescued, MV lucky Seven, reportedly belongs to a company owned by former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda and is now awaiting license and permits to enter the Mandovi river.

A member of the crew suffered an injury to his hand, while others suffered from sea sickness.

MV Lucky 7 is owned by Golden Globe Hotel Private Limited (GGHPL).

The Indian coast guard had to rescue 4 of the 19 crew members that were on board the vessel, one of whom was injured.

Captain Of Ports has denied permission to bring the casino into river Mandovi during high tide, but the vessel was brought to the mouth of Mandovi with permission from the High Court to bring it in at their own risk.

Mr Madgaonkar said the ship owners will try to salvage the vessel this evening when the tide is expected to be favourable. The salvager reportedly told the news agency that the vessel's owner could have waited until the sandbar is opened for traffic in September to bring the vessel onto the Mandovi. Speaking to mediapersons at the assembly complex, Parrikar said that the vessel grounded at Miramar beach is not a casino.

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