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Fire on research ship off K'taka coast; 30 crew members, 16 scientists rescued

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A fire broke out on a marine research vessel off Karnataka's New coast, following which 30 crew members and 16 scientists were rescued by the coast guard, an said Saturday.

Around 10 pm Friday, Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, Mumbai, was informed about the fire on ocean research vessel (ORV) Sagar Sampada, Inspector General (West region) said.

The vessel belongs to an institute under the Of the 16 scientists onboard, three were women, he said.

The fire broke out in the accommodation area of the vessel and the crew were not able to control its spread. The pressed into service ICGS Vikram and ICGS Sujay to render necessary assistance, the said.

"The ships arrived at vessel's position just past midnight on March 16 and deployed a joint fire-fighting team to contain the blaze," Chaphekar said, adding external fire fighting system fitted on the ships were also used to control the spread of blaze.

The team boarded the vessel and assessed the situation. It was found that eight compartments in the accommodation area were on fire, he said.

Extensive fire-fighting operations were undertaken which continued for over eight hours. Following that ORV Sagar Sampada proceeded towards New harbour safely, Chaphekar said.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 14:10 IST