Barge sinks in sea: Seven workers rescued, engineer missing

Nagapattinam: An engineer was missing after a barge carrying 60 tonnes of essential commodities and diesel to a ship engaged in exploration activities off Nagapattinam coast sank in the sea, Coast Guard officials said.

The CG managed to rescue seven workers on board but the Engineer Ranjith Singh, who was in command of the barge, was missing.

They had set sail from Karaikal port on Thursday to ferry the items to the ship owned by a Mumbai-based firm, officials said.

Last evening, the barge developed a problem when it was off Nagapattinam coast with workers spotting an oil leak. When the engineer was trying to set things right, a glass pane of the barge broke and sea water started getting in following which it started sinking.

The seven workers managed to jump into the sea.

On information, Indian Coast Guard, Karaikal Station Commander Uddhal Singh deputed a vessel to the spot which rescued the workers struggling in the water and brought them to shore. They were given first aid and admitted to Karaikal Government Hospital last night.

However, the team could not trace the engineer, a native of Mumbai, Singh said, adding, search operations were still on.

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