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Maersk cargo ship still on fire off Lakshwadeep on Day 2, search continues for 4 missing crew members

A crew member died and four others went missing while the others have been rescued when a.Maersk container ship, with 27 crew members on board including 13 Indians, caught fire in the Arabian Sea near Lakshadweep Islands on Tuesday night and is still ablaze.

A crew member died and four others went missing while the others have been rescued. A Sea farer from Karnataka and three foreign nationals are feared dead after all the 27 crew members of the merchant ship Maersk Honam jumped into the Arabian sea following fire in the ship..

The vessel was 570 kilometers off Agatti islands of Lakshadweep when an explosion took place in the ship followed by fire on Sixth night.The crew members abandoned the ship as fire spread beyond control. Among the missing crew members is the second cook on board the ship Sakim Hegde and a native of Karnataka. The other twelve Indian crew members including the captain along with eleven foreign crew members are safe. They are on board the merchant ship ASLS CERES. The ship is heading towards Colombo with the survivors.

The 330-metre-long Maersk Honam, which was en route to Suez from Singapore caught fire with flames from the main deck of the ship rising up to its bridge, about 25 metres high, added Maersk.

The fire is still burning on Thursday and searches are still underway for the four crew members who went missing after the blaze. A Boeing P 8 i long range maritime patrol aircraft getting airborne with search and rescue kit to look for the four missing crew including one Indian," said a tweet by Indian Navy spokesperson.

After getting information about the mishap, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Mumbai immediately alerted all the merchant ships near the location through the satellite-based communication network, the International Safety Net (ISN). Indian Coast Guard ship Shoor was diverted for further assistance.

The ship was at a distance of 570 kms (340 nautical miles) from Agatti in the Lakshwadeep Islands. The crew abandoned the ship as the fire spread beyond control, said ICG.

 

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