Indian Coast Guard rescues 26 from stranded tourist boat off Goa

According to the Coast Guard, the tourist vessel “Nerul Paradise” had ventured out to sea but became stranded off the Goan coast after being battered by strong winds and waves over three meters high.

The Indian Coast Guard came to the rescue of 24 tourists and two crew members who found themselves stranded aboard a ferry boat caught in rough seas and facing fuel exhaustion near Goa’s Mormugao harbour on Sunday.

According to the Coast Guard, the tourist vessel “Nerul Paradise” had ventured out to sea but became stranded off the Goan coast after being battered by strong winds and waves over three meters high. With fuel running critically low, the boat was left adrift and facing potential danger.

The Coast Guardsprung into action after its ship C-148, returning from patrol duties, spotted signs of distress among the passengers aboard the stranded ferry.

Coast Guard personnel were able to stabilize the precarious situation by providing assistance and reassurance to those aboard the stranded tourist boat. They then safely brought the “Nerul Paradise” ferry back to Mormugao harbour, “averting a potential disaster,” according to the maritime agency.

Upon arriving back at the harbour, all 26 passengers and crew from the rescued boat were provided medical aid by Coast Guard teams as a precautionary measure. There were no reports of injuries.

The rescue operation highlighted the rapid response capabilities of the Indian Coast Guard in the coastal waters off Goa, a major tourist hotspot. Rough sea conditions during the upcoming monsoon season can frequently imperil smaller recreational and fishing vessels.

While naval and coast guard resources are regularly deployed for rescue missions off India’s coasts, the incident served as a reminder of the potential hazards facing tourist boat operators during yearly monsoon storms. Goa’s beaches and waters draw millions of domestic and international visitors annually.

The Coast Guard has urged boat operators and those travelling at sea to be cognizant of weather warnings and avoid venturing out during adverse conditions over the monsoon months until late September.