Gopal Kanda's casino vessel drifts, grounded at Miramar beach

Indian Coast Guard chopper

Indian Coast Guard chopper

The sources also said that it was impossible to approach the vessel until Sunday morning, mainly because the rescue boats can not reach the vessel until high tide provides sufficient water for their movement up to the sand bar.

A floating casino in the Indian state of Goa ran aground and got stuck on a sandbar near Miramar beach on Sunday.

The four onboard casino vessel "MV Lucky Seven" owned by former Haryana Home Minister Gopal Kanda were rescued following a helicopter-borne rescue operation, a spokesperson for the Coast Guard told reporters.

The vessel first got stuck in the Aguada sandbar off the Miramar beach Saturday as per the Coast Guard. The three other rescued crew members of the vessel were extremely seasick, Mr Badkar said.

MV Lucky 7 is the sixth offshore casino vessel which has been permitted by the state government to operate in the Mandovi river. "The vessel owner could have waited till September when the sandbar will open, and then the vessel can be brought in".

A spokesman for the opposition AAP Goa party blamed the Government for the disaster, saying they "overruled" the advice of the Captain of Ports.

MV Lucky Seven was anchored off Aguada light house in Goa in the mid sea. Chodankar reportedly told the news agency that on July 6 he had warned the Captain of Ports not to succumb to pressure and demanded that in an inquiry into the incident be ordered by Chief Minister Manohar and that those responsible be arrested, as reported by the United News of India.

MV Lucky 7 is owned by Golden Globe Hotel Private Limited (GGHPL).

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