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Indian Navy searches for Mexican woman cadet who fell overboard


Mumbai: The Indian Navy has launched a massive search operation for a woman cadet who reportedly fell overboard from the Mexican Sail Training Ship, STS Cuauhtemoc, an official said on Monday.  The incident occurred around 2 p.m. on Sunday, about 560 nautical miles west of Goa, as the vessel was sailing to Mumbai.

According to information, the woman cadet had not donned life-saving gear when she fell overboard. Following an alert, the Indian Navy deployed a Boeing P8I aircraft, which undertook sorties from 9 to 11 p.m. on Sunday, and resumed them from 6.30 a.m. on Monday till 10.30 a.m.

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Indian Navy Ship Teg, which was en route to Mumbai from Port Louis in Mauritius has been diverted to the area and likely to reach there by 6 p.m. on Monday to join the search. Meanwhile, INS Mysore with two integral helicopters on board set sail from here on Monday afternoon and will reach the spot by 8 p.m. on Tuesday to join the search.

Setting sail from Egypt’s Port Said, STS Cuauhtemoc is scheduled to visit Mumbai June 21-26 before departing for Singapore.