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WATCH: Tug catches fire in India. Crew forced to abandon ship. One dead

PortandTerminal.com, August 12, 2019

A major fire engulfed an offshore supply vessel off the coast of India in the Bay of Bengal on Monday, leaving one person dead and another missing, the Indian Coast Guard reported.

A fire aboard an anchor handling tug off the coast of Visakhapatnam on Monday killed one crewmember and forced the remaining crew to abandon ship & jump into the water to save themselves.

At 1130 hours on Monday morning, the AHTS Coastal Jaguar suffered an explosion and fire a position within sight of shore off Visakhapatnam. The Indian Coast Guard cutter ICGS Rani Rashmoni rescued 28 survivors and recovered one body. Five crewmembers sustained severe burns, and have been evacuated to a naval hospital.

The Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Rani Rashmoni, which was in the area, was diverted for rescue operations. Visuals of the rescue showed ICGS Rani Rashmoni’s crew throwing over lifebuoys to the crew swimming in the water.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

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