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Stranded Indian sailors brought home

Written by: Staff
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Kochi, Apr 14 (UNI) Ten Indian sailors, who were stranded in Seychelles for over six months after their employer deserted them in a curch and left along with the ship, were brought here today by INS Sarvekshak, a survey vessel of the Indian Navy.

They left for their homes later, a Navy spokesman said.

The foreign merchant vessel had 21 crewmembers including the ten Indians. Pirates reportedly ransacked the ship while on the high seas. It later developed engine trouble, abandoned its original route and made it to Port Victoria, Seychelles.

INS Sarvekshak, returning from a mission from Mauritius, docked briefly at Port Victoria and took on board the Indian sailors.

As the Indians were low-level workers and had not been paid for months, they were stranded in Seychelles with no money to pay for their journey back home.

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