The Coastguard received a distress signal from MV RAK carrier, a CG official told PTI. Immediately after receiving the signal, Coastguard and Navy helicopters and boats were deployed for rescue operations, the official said.
"So far, we have rescued nine persons and efforts are underway to rescue others," they said.
Those on board the vessel include Indonesian and Jordanian nationals. The vessel is believed to be carrying around 30,000 metric tonnes of coal.