An Indian Navy team led by Marine Commandos (MARCOS) from Visakhapatnam managed to prevent the "SSL Kolkata" from drifting any further. The navy arrested the movement by anchoring the ship — still on fire — from drifting towards the international maritime boundary line in the Sundarbans delta between India and Bangladesh. A Sea King 42C helicopter of the Eastern Naval Command first lowered one MARCOS officer onto the ship, who later called in three others. The team then managed to drop the starboard anchor and also prepared the seamanship gear, in case the vessel needed to be towed. The Coast Guard units undertook the rescue operation despite bad weather and rough sea conditions.