Visakhapatnam: Fire on offshore support vessel, one missing, 28 rescued
Fire on offshore support vessel
29 crew members of offshore support vessel Coastal Jaguar jumped into the water after a fire engulfed the vessel on Monday.
28 members have been rescued by the Indian Coast Guard while a search is on for one missing crew member.
A loud explosion onboard Coastal Jaguar
According to a spokesperson of Eastern Naval Command, the crew of offshore support vessel Coastal Jaguar had to abandon their vessel and jump into the water to save themselves from the fire which engulfed the vessel. "There was reportedly a loud explosion onboard Coastal Jaguar that was followed by thick smoke emanating from the vessel," he said.
Distressed crew helps in rescue
ICGS Rani Rashmoni which was in the area was diverted to coordinate the rescue operation. Rani Rashmoni in coordination with Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) boats rescued the distressed crew.
Cause of fire is yet to be ascertained
Dramatic scenes of the crew jumping into the sea to save themselves and the rescue operations by the ships were witnessed. The rescue operations also involved ICGS Samudra Paheredar, ICG Helicopter and ICGS C-432. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.