Karnataka: Coast Guard ships douse major fire on ship

Two Indian Coast Guard ships on late Friday night doused a major fire on board a ship, with 36 crew members and 16 scientists off the Mangaluru coast in Karnataka.

According to Coast Guard officials, Indian Coast Guard ships named Sujay and Vikram doused a major fire on board a ship. After the fire was put out, the research vessel was escorted to the New Mangalore harbour.

“During late hrs on 15 Mar 19, #SCI Research Vessel Sagar Sampada reported fire onboard at sea @IndiaCoastGuard Ships Sujay & Vikram engaged in firefighting ops. Safety of 36 crew & 16 scientist onboard ascertained. Vessel being escorted to New Mangalore harbour.@DefenceMinIndia,” Indian Coast Guard tweeted.

The ship which caught fire was a research vessel belonging to the Shipping Corporation of India or SCI, named Sagar Sampada.