Captain, chief engineer of MV Rak released on bail

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Mumbai:  The Captain and the chief engineer of cargo vessel MV Rak have been arrested and charged with negligence. MV Rak sank off the coast of Mumbai on Thursday, with 60,000 metric tonnes of coal on board. Both of them were produced in court andhave subsequently been released on bail of Rs 25,000 each.

The cargo ship, which was on its way from Indonesia's Tutung to Dahej in Gujarat, had a 30-member crew of Indonesian, Jordanian and Romanian nationalities. All of them were rescued by defence personnel before it sank on Thursday.

On Friday, an FIR was registered against the owner, captain and crew members of the vessel and a probe was ordered into the cause of the incident.

"An FIR has been registered against the owner, captain and crew members under IPC section 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others)," Deputy Police Commissioner (Port Zone) Tanaji Ghadge said.

Coast Guard sources said they could see oil layers around the place where the 225 metre-long vessel, which contained about 290 tonnes of fuel oil and 50 tonnes of diesel, sank. But they described it as "negligible" and said it will not create any ecological problems. (With PTI Inputs)


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