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17 July 2017, 09:08 | Kelvin Horton
The ship MV Lucky 7 was being brought from Mormugao harbour to Mandovi river in Panaji where it is supposed to be anchored
MV Lucky 7, the offshore casino vessel that was being brought to River Mandovi, has been grounded on the sand bar near Aguada Bay, and a few crew members were reportedly injured when it made another attempt to reach its designated site off Campal. The sources also said that it was impossible to approach the vessel until Sunday morning, mainly because the rescue boats can not reach the vessel until high tide provides sufficient water for their movement up to the sand bar.
The sources maintained that the jerk suffered by the vessel resulted in seriously injuring one and inflicting minor injuries to three to four others.
The Opposition has accused the BJP-led coalition government of using underhand means to introduce a sixth offshore casino in the already saturated Mandovi river. We received a call last night to rescue the crew members who were in distress.
"Today, owner of MV Lucky took unnecessary risks by bringing the vessel into the Mandovi river from Mormugao Port Trust even though it is well known that the Aguada sandbar area is closed for navigation during the monsoon". The rope breaking also caused injuries to a few crew members.
Mr Madgaonkar said the ship owners will try to salvage the vessel this evening when the tide is expected to be favourable. "The vessel owner could have waited till September when the sandbar will open, and then the vessel can be brought in".
The casino is learnt to be owned by former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda. Speaking to mediapersons at the assembly complex, Parrikar said that the vessel grounded at Miramar beach is not a casino.
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