The vessel was carrying steel coils as cargo

The Indian Coast Guard rescued all the 12 crew of a Motor Vessel stranded off Umargam, Gujarat amid inclement weather on Wednesday night.

The vessel, MV Kanchan, was stranded after its engine stopped operating due to contamination of fuel, the Ministry of Defence said in Thursday.

It also had no electrical power on board, according to information received by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) from DG Communication Center, Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon.

Later in evening, the master of the vessel intimated that MV Kanchan, carrying steel coils as cargo, had dropped anchor and was tilting towards Starboard (right) side.

The MRCC Mumbai instantly activated the International Safety Net (ISN) and MV Hermeez was immediately diverted towards the distressed vessel.

Braving rough seas, MV Hermeez safely evacuated all the 12 crew of MV Kanchan in a swift night operation.

The Indian Coast Guard tweeted a short video of the rescue operation.

According to the Ministry of Defence, Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Water Lily has also been deployed by DG Shipping, Mumbai for assisting the stranded vessel.

In addition, two tugs have been deployed by the vessel owners to render assistance to the vessel.