Merchant vessel SSL KOLKATA catches fire, Indian Coast Guard ship rescues 11 out of 22 crew members; search ops on
Indian Coast Guard ship Rajkiran on Thursday rescued 11 out of 22 crew members of the Indian flag container vessel MV SSL KOLKATA from Bay of Bengal, an official statement said. The vessel had reported fire onboard at around midnight, 55 nautical miles off Sands Head. The Coast Guard ship was dispatched from the Haldia and Coast Dornier and reached the flaming vessel at 08:00 am.
Due to very rough sea and strong winds/inclement weather the fire spread very fast like wild fire. By the time the rescue ship reached the ship, about 70 per cent of vessel was on fire and master of the vessel decided to abandon the vessel, the statement said.
Till now 11 out of total 22 crew have been rescued successfully. Rescue of remaining crew is in progress, it added.
The vessel reported fire onboard at 00:05 am from Bay of Bengal
Indian Coast Guard ship Rajkiran has rescued 11 out of 22 crew members