Fire on research vessel: 2 Coast Guard vessels rescue crew, scientists on board

Our Bureau Mangaluru | Updated on March 16, 2019 Published on March 16, 2019

Two Indian Coast Guard vessels successfully undertook fire fighting on board an ocean research vessel, around 40 nautical miles off New Mangalore, and rescued 46 members, in the early hours of Saturday.

All the members, including 16 scientists and 30 crew, onboard the research vessel Sagar Sampada (which is involved in the marine life research) are stable and safe.

SS Dasila, Commander of Coast Guard, Karnataka, said the Coast Guard District Headquarters, Karnataka, located in New Mangalore, received distress message at around 10 pm on March 15 to render assistance to extinguish fire onboard Sagar Sampada.`

Dasila, who visited the research vessel at New Mangalore Port, along with the medical team, said the Coast Guard is ready to handle any emerging situations out at sea.

The Coast Guard District Headquarters, Karnataka, diverted ICGS Vikram, a vessel based at New Mangalore, and ICGS Sujay (a vessel based at Paradip, which was on transit to Goa), to the spot. Both the vessels reached the site of the incident at 12.10 am on March 16 and commenced fire fighting operations. The fire was brought under control at around 7 am on Saturday.

Following this, the research vessel Sagar Sampada was escorted safely to berth at New Mangalore Port.

Published on March 16, 2019
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