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.