Taking cognizance of ‘The Navhind Times’ report about Goan sailors trapped in the coronavirus hit Grand Princess ship off the coast of California, United States, the state government has stepped in to provide help.
Speaking to this daily, NRI commissioner, Narendra Sawaikar said the office of NRI has taken cognizance of the media report and will communicate with the Ministry of External Affairs to reach out to the stranded crew members which include five Goans.
It may be recalled that this daily had reported that five crew members from Goa were stranded on the ship which has 21 cases of coronavirus which includes 19 crew members and two passengers.
Meanwhile the kin of the stranded passengers informed that the evacuation of the passengers has got underway with around 500 passengers expected to leave the ship on Tuesday.
They informed that the evacuation will take around eight days while the fate of the crew members will be decided after the passengers are evacuated. The family members thanked the Indian government for intervening and providing hope for speedy evacuation and return of the crew members.