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Blast and fire on Indian offshore support vessel kills one crew member, injures 16

13 August 2019

One crew member died and 28 were rescued after a fire broke out on the Coastal Jaguar, an offshore support vessel, in the Bay of Bengal on August 12. Of the survivors, 16 were hospitalised after the event, 15 with severe burns, and five are reported to be in a critical condition.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

An official spokesperson from Eastern Naval Command said an explosion caused a fire on the vessel in the outer harbour in Visakhapatnam, a port in the state of Andhra Pradesh, causing the crew to throw themselves into the sea.

According to the Hindustan Times, the vessel was on its way to repair an oil tanker when the incident occurred. The surviving crew were rescued by Indian Coast Guard ships and helicopters.

Local media have speculated that an oil leak could have occurred on the vessel, but this will only be cnfirmed when the results of an official investigation are published.

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