Indian vessel with 16 scientists among 46 on board catches fire
The research vessel was carrying 3o crew and 16 scientists and soon after the fire broke out, two ships of Indian Coast Guard, Sujay and Vikram helped extinguish the fire.
Amid the rescue operation, Indian Coast Guard confirmed that the crew and scientists were safe and the vessel was being escorted to New Mangalore harbour.
During late hrs on 15 Mar 19, #SCI Research Vessel Sagar Sampada reported fire onboard at sea @IndiaCoastGuard Ships Sujay & Vikram engaged in fire fighting ops. Safety of 36 crew & 16 scientist onboard ascertained. Vessel being escorted to New Mangalore harbour.@DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/OBS9OYiaqH— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) March 16, 2019
DIG Surendra Singh Dasila, Commander of Coast Guard Karnataka detailed that the ‘static sensors’ deployed by the Indian coast guards across the coastal region picked up signals of a fire on board Sagar Sampada.
"Our Radar operating station at Mangaluru picked up the signals of fire onboard the vessel. Acting on the information, we quickly passed on the message to other vessels in the vicinity, including a merchant ship and proceeded to provide a fire rescue operation to Sagar Sampada," he added.
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