While the vessel was drifting in choppy waters and had hit a sandbar, the injured were immediately rescued following a helicopter-borne rescue operation.
The MV Lucky 7 casino cruise ship was on its way from Mormugao harbour to the Mandovi river where it is supposed to be anchored but got stuck, just a week after it was given permission to set sail by the High Court of Bombay. "We received a call last night to rescue the crew members who were in distress", Deputy Inspector General of Indian Coast Guard Manoj Badkar told PTI.
A floating casino in the Indian state of Goa ran aground and got stuck on a sandbar near Miramar beach on Sunday.
The vessel from which the four crew members were rescued, MV lucky Seven, reportedly belongs to a company owned by former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda and is now awaiting license and permits to enter the Mandovi river.
Sixth casino vessel "MV Lucky 7" was grounded on Aguada sandbar today as it attempted to enter River Mandovi Panaji. One of them had suffered an injury while the other three were found to be sea sick.
The Captain of Ports is expected to send the rescue team to the vessel on Sunday morning. The salvager reportedly told the news agency that the vessel's owner could have waited until the sandbar is opened for traffic in September to bring the vessel onto the Mandovi.
Promoted by Golden Globe Hotel Private Limited (GGHPL), owned by former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, the boat had left from Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) jetty on Friday morning but could not reach its location due to rough weather. Speaking to mediapersons at the assembly complex, Parrikar said that the vessel grounded at Miramar beach is not a casino.