The Indian Coast Guard averted a major accident and rescued the crewmen of a private ship when it the latter caught fire on Monday.
A private vessel named Jaguar suddenly caught fire at 11:30 AM off Visakhapatnam coast. In a bid to save themselves, the crew of vessel immediately abandoned the ship and jumped in the waters as the fire had engulfed the deck. The incident occurred after a loud explosion aboard the Jaguar. Soon, a plume of thick smoke emanated from the vessel after which the crew abandoned the ship. However, a nearby Indian Coast Guard ship, ICGS Rani Rashmoni was immediately alerted. Crewmen aboard the Rani Rashmoni shot a video of the incident.
The visuals showed the stern of Jaguar going up in flames and crew members swimming away. Rashmoni's crew then threw tube floats and ropes.
According to reports, Rani Rashmoni was diverted from its course and ordered to coordinate the rescue operation. Apart from ICGS Rani Rashmoni, boats from Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) also joined in for the rescue operation. The joint-rescue mission managed to save 28 out of the 29 crewmen. The rescue op is underway to find the remaining crewman. Additional naval and aerial assets were summoned for the rescue.
ICGS Samudra Paheredar, ICG helicopter and ICGS C-432 were also pressed into action. However, no possible reasons for the fire have been ascertained as yet.