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4 floating casino crew members rescued from offshore casino in Goa

4 floating casino crew members rescued from offshore casino in Goa

The Press Trust of India reports that on Sunday night, MV Lucky 7, the sixth off shore casino vessel granted permission by the state government to operate on the Mandovi River, got stuck on a sandbar near Miramar beach while being towed from Mormugao Harbor to its designated anchoring spot in Panaji on what is referred to as the Indian state's lifeline.

Commandant Amit Koragaonkar of CG launched a helicopter and rescued the four crew members and handed them over to medical team who were on standby at the Miramar beach.

"The vessel got stuck in the Aguada sandbar off the Miramar coast".

"We have rescued four crew members trapped onboard the vessel". "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.

He said the vessel owner could have waited till September when the sandbar is opened for traffic and then brought in the Mandovi river. The rope breaking also caused injuries to a few crew members.

The news of MV Lucky 7 running aground, reportedly down to high risks being taken during monsoon season in the Aguada sandbar region, could lead to further opposition for the floating vessel casinos. An attempt will be made to tug the vessel on Sunday during the high tide.

The casino is learnt to be owned by former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda.

Aanand Madgaonkar, whose company undertook the salvage operation, blamed the owners of the vessel. Speaking to mediapersons at the assembly complex, Parrikar said that the vessel grounded at Miramar beach is not a casino.