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"Maersk has informed that three bodies (out of the four missing persons including an Indian), have now been found on board the ill-fated container ship. The bodies are unidentifiable," an Indian Coast Guard spokesperson said here.
The ship, laden with a cargo of containers classified as "dangerous, very hazardous to human beings", capable of emitting poisons that can kill humans within a short time, besides being corrosive in nature, had caught fire in the high seas, around 1,300 km off Kochi around 9.45 p.m.
Responding to a distress call by the ship that night, several foreign vessels sailing in the vicinity had rushed to its aid, while the Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy had launched massive maritime and aerial search and rescue operations with its ships and aircraft for more than three days.
There were 27 crewmen on board the burning ship. They included 13 Indians, besides Filipinos, British, Romanian and Thais.
While 23 sailors were rescued, four others, including an Indian, remained missing for the past eight days.
The rescued crewmen were admitted to hospitals in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and their condition is reported to be stable.
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