A domestic merchant ship MV Nalini on Wednesday caught fire off the coast and one crew member has suffered major burn injuries. The Indian Navy has launched a rescue operation, news agency PTI reported, quoting a defence official. The ship was in flames while it was being anchored 14.5 nautical miles south-west off Kochi, as per the news agency and had lost power on board.
Along with power, the ship had also lost propulsion after which a request had been sent to the crew members for the evacuation. According to news agency PTI, a defence spokesperson said he received a message from the ship that had 22 members on board that one of the members had suffered 80 percent burn injuries.
The injured crew member was taken to a hospital in Kochi. As per latest reports, the fire is said to have occurred in the engine room due to an explosion, as reported by PTI. The defence spokesperson said that the situation is under control now. He also said that the ship was a chemical tanker and was carrying naphtha.
After receiving the information on fire, the Southern Naval command sent an Advanced Light Helicopter, while, a Sea King copter was being prepared also prepared for launch later, as reported by news agency PTI. He said, if the ship requests for further evacuation, they will do the needful.
INS Kalpeni was also launched by the Southern Naval Command to assist the crew members of MV Nalini. A Charlie boat was also sent by the Coast Guard and Cochin Port Trust, he added.