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Container ship fire: One crew member dies; four still missing

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A Thai national, who was among the 23 seamen rescued from the container of Line that caught fire in the off the coast, has died, the of Shipping (DGS) said today.

A search was on for the other four missing crew members, including one Indian, a said.

Fire continued to rage in the Singapore-flagged Honam, a 330-metre long vessel, where a massive blaze erupted on Tuesday night, forcing its 27 crew members to jump out into the sea waters.

Among the 27 crew members 13 were Indians, including the captain, nine Filipinos, two Thai sailors, and one each from the UK, and

While 23 crew members were rescued, one of them, a Thai sailor, died of burn injuries while being taken to Colombo, a DGS said.

The vessel ALS Ceres, carrying the remaining 22 crew members, including 12 Indians, was expected to reach the nearest later this evening, the said.

Search and rescue operations for the four missing crew members continued with the help from the and the

The missing Indian crew member has been identified as Sakim Hegde, one of the cooks on board, a from the DGS said yesterday.

Line also confirmed the death one of the evacuated Thai national.

The company in a statement said his health condition drastically deteriorated yesterday afternoon due to the injuries sustained in the fire.

"We are deeply saddened with the passing of one of our colleagues who in the first place had been evacuated. The seriousness of the event has escalated and everyone in Maersk is moved by this," Soren Toft, the chief operating officer and member of the executive board, A P Moller-Maersk, said.

"We are in contact with the family of the deceased and our thoughts and condolences go to them," he said.

had yesterday termed it as a "serious fire" with the cargo on board the 2017-commissioned vessel.

Meanwhile, the 'Shoor' was on the spot and fire fighting was on, a said.

The container reportedly had and dangerous goods on board, he said.

The fire was raging through the front portion of the ship and slowly spreading towards its bridge, he said.

A thick plume of toxic fumes was seen emanating from the ship, he said, adding that high temperatures have melted the containers on board.

During the fire fighting operation, a few empty life boats were spotted by the Coast Guard near the fire-hit ship, the official said.

A yesterday said the fire is suspected to have started in one of the 7,860 containers on board the ship, which had a capacity to carry 15,262 standard 20-footer boxes.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 16:10 IST