Coast Guard rescues four ailing crew members from offshore casino

Tourists taking selfie near off shore casino vessel Lucky7 which got stranded at Miramar beach in Panjim on Sunday

Tourists taking selfie near off shore casino vessel Lucky7 which got stranded at Miramar beach in Panjim on Sunday

Despite several warnings from the authorities, MV Lucky Seven, a casino vessel owned by former Haryana home minister Gopal Kanda attempted to sail up the river Mandovi during rough weather.

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

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.

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Four crew members have been rescued from the vessel using coast guard helicopters.

The Congress demanded a probe on how the vessel was allowed to drift from a nearby Mormugao Port Trust berth during monsoon.

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. One of them had suffered an injury while the other three were found to be sea sick.

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The incident took place on Saturday when the casino vessel tried to reach its final anchoring point in River Mandovi. The rope breaking also caused injuries to a few crew members.

The vessel hit Miramar beach on Sunday Morning and later in the evening during high tide the vessel stuck right on the sea shore at Miramar.

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

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Aanand Madgaonkar, whose company undertook the salvage operation, blamed the owners of the vessel.

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