Just as things were looking up for the MV Lucky Seven, news has emerged of yet another setback. As reported earlier by PokerShots, the Lucky Seven is set to become the sixth offshore casino in Goa’s Mandovi River pending inspection by the Captain of Ports.

However, it has emerged over the weekend that the vessel struck a sandbar after drifting in rough waters. As a result, the Indian Coast Guard had to be called in on Sunday morning. The Coast Guard rescued four members from the vessel via helicopter.

“We have rescued four crew members trapped onboard the vessel. They had minor injuries,” said a spokesperson.

The incident occurred in Aguada Bay, a little off Panaji. Deputy Inspector General of Indian Coast Guard, Manoj Badkar, told PTI, “The vessel got stuck in the Aguada sandbar off the Miramar coast. We received a call last night to rescue the crew members who were in distress.” A helicopter was immediately dispatched and rescued one of the onboard members who was injured. Three others were also taken off the vessel after reporting extreme sea sickness. None of the 15 remaining crew members aboard the Lucky Seven requested a rescue.

The MV Lucky Seven is owned by Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd (GGHPL), which is in turn promoted by former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda.

Aanand Madgaonkar, an expert salvager told reporters at Miramar beach today that the crew members took high risk unnecessarily to bring the vessel in the Mandovi river from Mormugao harbour when it is well known that the Aguada sandbar area is closed for navigation during the monsoon. The vessel is expected to be salvaged when the tide is next favourable. If not removed, the vessel would affect the beach Mr Madgaonkar said.

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