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Merchant ship catches fire off Kochi; Navy launches rescue op

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

A domestic merchant ship caught fire off the coast here with one crew member suffering severe burns today as the launched a rescue operation, a Defence official said.

The ship "MV Nalini" caught fire while being anchored at 14.5 nautical miles south west off Kochi and has lost power and propulsion, prompting it to send out a request for evacuation of its crew members.

A defence here, quoting a message received from the ship with 22 crew members onboard, said one man has suffered 80 per cent burns.

The Southern Naval command here has dispatched an advanced light helicopter while a copter was being prepared for launch later in case more crew members were to be evacuated, he said.

Besides, the and the had sent a 'Charlie' boat and a tug respectively in response to the evacuation request, the said.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 20:00 IST