Mumbai’s popular floating restaurant 'Ark Deck Bar' on Friday evening capsized and sank partially on Friday evening under the possible impact of huge tidal waves trigged by the Mekunu Cyclone.
According to police, at least 15 people on board were immediately rescued and were taken ashore in small motorboats after the vessel started tilting dangerously Friday evening.
The 'Ark Deck Bar' floatel, a luxurious offshore dining and party attraction, has a capacity of around 150 people and was anchored some distance off the Bandra Jetty, offering a magnificent view of the Mumbai skyline and the Rajiv Gandhi Bandra Worli Sea Link nearby.
Meanwhile, the owner of Mumbai's first floatel, 'AB Celestial', Aishwarya Bhende said her vessel was shifted to and anchored off the Ferry Wharf in south Mumbai a couple of days ago after the Mekuni Cycone warning was issued by the maritime authorities.
"Our floatel is absolutely safe and is in anchor at the Ferry Wharfa There is some speculation that it had met with a tragedy, but that is not correct," Bhende told IANS.
Besides 'AB Celestial' and 'Ark Deck Bar', Mumbai has another half a few more big and small such floatels around the shores as part of the centre's policy to encourage tourism.
(With PTI inputs)