Coast Guard, police bomb squad avert major mishap at sea

A major mishap was averted on Sunday following a joint operation of Indian Coast Guard and state police`s bomb disposal squad when a rocket propelled grenade thrown inside a cargo vessel by pirates was defused.

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 23:55 PM IST

Ahmedabad: A major mishap was averted on Sunday following a joint operation of Indian Coast Guard and state police`s bomb disposal squad when a rocket propelled grenade thrown inside a cargo vessel by pirates was defused.

The operation was carried out in the vessel MT Agea in the Arabian sea, about 15 nautical miles off the Okha coast in Jamnagar district, coast guard officials said.

According to officials, MT Agea, registered in Greece, was on its way to Port Sikka in Jamnagar from Antwerp in Belgium, when it was attacked by pirates, about 400 nautical miles away from Porbander.

"The vessel was fired upon with arms and a rocket propelled grenade. One of the grenades hit the accommodation structure and did not explode," they said, adding that the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) regional headquarters at Gandhinagar was intimated about the incident by the vessel.

PTI