New Delhi: A helicopter carrying seven passengers and two pilots today made an emergency landing in the Arabian Sea near the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) rig at Sagar Kiran in Mumbai High, the company said in a tweet. Six people have been rescued so far and further operations are underway, it said.
Four persons were rescued by ONGC's vessel Malviya-16 and the fifth by ONGC rig Sagar Kiran's rescue boat. Details on others are awaited.
A Coast Guard ship at sea was diverted to reach the spot, and another ship sailed out from Mumbai to join rescue operations, officials said. A Coast Guard aircraft dropped a life raft for survivors.
The International Safety Net (ISN) has been activated by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), Mumbai. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Indian Navy and ONGC for mobilization and augmentation of the rescue effort, officials added.
The Offshore Supply Vessel Malviya 16, which was diverted by MRCC Mumbai to join rescue operations, picked up two survivors.
The helicopter, which had six ONGC personnel and one working with a contractor on board, was forced to land using the floaters that are attached to such co-ops that carry personnel and material from shore to offshore installations, news agency PTI said.
The circumstances that led to the emergency landing were not immediately clear. Other details too were awaited.
ONGC has several rigs and installations in the Arabian Sea that are used to produce oil and gas from reservoirs lying below the seabed.