Mumbai: While MV Pavit, the oil tanker stranded at the Juhu beach in Mumbai, was out of Indian waters its crew had sent a distress message to Indian authorities, according to sources.
Sources, however, added that after the tanker was reported sunk by the owner to the UK centre, the alert was lifted by Indian authorities.
Locals claimed that they saw the ship near the shore on Saturday night, while the Coast Guard authorities came to know of it only on Sunday.
The presence of the ship on the Juhu beach has now sent the Navy and the Ministry of Defence into a tizzy.
Naval Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma has sought a detailed report on the MV Pavit that drifted into Indian waters on June 29, but has remained undetected.
The main points of reference in the report will be how the vessel remained undetected, drifting through the three-tiered maritime security cordon off the Indian coast. It also seeks to identify the gaps in this cordon and carry out corrective action.