Greek sailor falls from ship, coastguard coordinates rescue | Goa News

PANAJI: Papadopoulous Donysis had just spent another normal day at sea aboard the Greek-flagged 190-meter bulk carrier MV Galini when the second engineer suddenly found himself thrown into the deep waters of the Arabian Sea.
Battling the waves and scorching heat, the Greek sailor survived to tell his harrowing story through the coordinated efforts of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC), Mumbai and passing vessels.
Donysis, from Greece, desperately fought the waves and swam for more than 12 hours, until he was rescued by the 400-metre-long container ship MV Barzan.
“On Sunday morning, the MRCC received a distress call from MV Galini while the vessel was operating approximately 625 nautical miles west of Agatti Island,” the Indian Coast Guard said in a statement.
Considering the seriousness of the situation and keeping in mind the urgency to render assistance to the sailor in distress, the Coast Guard quickly diverted the MV Barzan to the location.
Given the distance from India’s west coast, Coast Guard helicopters were too far away to provide any assistance. The MV Barzan, en route to the Suez Canal, was approximately 60 nautical miles away when called upon to assist the MV Galini in search and rescue efforts.