‘Sunk’ St Albans tanker washes up

MT Pavit pictured during the Royal Navy rescue
MT Pavit pictured during the Royal Navy rescue
Picture: SWNS

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A STRICKEN tanker thought to have sunk following a dramatic Royal Navy rescue has caused a security row in India after it washed up undetected in Mumbai.

The tanker MT Pavit was last seen sinking following a daring rescue by Portsmouth-based HMS St Albans to pluck 13 Indian sailors to safety in the Gulf of Oman last month, as reported in The News.

But in an embarrassing incident for the Indian Navy, the undetected 1,000-tonne cargo ship washed up in Mumbai on Sunday – sparking security concerns as the city’s shoreline is supposed to be on high alert following the 2008 terrorist attacks which killed 174 people.

India’s navy chief has ordered an investigation.

But in an vain attempt to absolve itself from blame, Indian coastguards have told the country’s defence ministry they were not looking out for MT Pavit because they had read The News’ online article of St Albans’ rescue mission, which included eyewitness accounts from sailors that the ship was sinking.

India’s MoD said: ‘It is a very serious incident and a breach of our coastal security system.

‘A detailed report has been sought on the matter.’