- Passenger ship owned by Sahara Group docked at Goa port
- Ship tilts precariously to one side, flooded by rain water
- Nobody was on board when accident took place
The MV Qing, which can hold over 800 passengers, is a cruise ship which belonged to the Sahara Group and was brought to the local port in Vasco in 2014. It was to be converted into a floating hotel.
"There was no crew on board. But the ship has hit the sea bed which is 6-7 feet deep. We have called in experts from Mumbai to lift the ship," I Jeykumar, chairman of the port trust, told NDTV.
Rainwater gushed into the ship for several hours last evening, causing the accident, after which sea water poured in.
"Today morning we were very much worried because we suspected that the ship may roll over starboard side and may damage to the other huge floating dock," a Coast Guard release said explaining the situation.
The monsoon landed in Goa last week and heavy rain is expected over the next seven days, according to the met department.