Twenty-nine crew members jumped into the waters off the coast of Andhra Pradesh in India after a fire broke out on the vessel this morning, the Indian Coast Guard said in a statement.
1 died, 1 remains missing, while the rest have been rescued by the Coast Guard off the city of Visakhapatnam.
In visuals, several small vessels are seen spraying water on the burning offshore support ship.
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An explosion occurred on the offshore support vessel “Coastal Jaguar” at 11:30 am. Minutes later, black smoke blew out from the ship, following which the crew was forced to jump into the water to save themselves from the burning vessel, the Coast Guard statement said.
What led to the fire is unknown.
The Coast Guard’s fast patrol vessel Rani Rashmoni, which was sailing near the area, was diverted to the burning vessel to coordinate the rescue operation with boats of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust.
Two more Coast Guard patrol ships and a helicopter are at the site helping out in rescue and firefighting operations.