Posted on August 13, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
A fire broke out on the Indian-flagged, Offshore Supply Vessel, Coastal Jaguar on the morning of August the 13th while the vessel was engaged in works in the Indian port of Visakhapatnam.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:25 am, near Visakhapatnam Port Trust’s Single Point Mooring Terminal, which is used to handle oil supplies. Initial reports suggest that a large explosion occurred on the ship right before the fire started.
The fire quickly spread across the vessel, causing major damage to the ship and severely injuring members of the 29-strong crew of the Coastal Jaguar.
The crewmembers, several of which suffered extensive burns in the fire, jumped into the sea to avoid the blaze. Reportedly, approximately 16 seafarers received extensive burns, as they attempted to escape the raging flames.
Thankfully, the Indian Coast Guard ship, Rani Rashmoni was operating in the vicinity and rushed to the aid of the unfortunate seafarers. The Indian Coast Guard also deployed a fast interceptor craft, a helicopter, and a second vessel in order to assist with the rescue operations.
28 seafarers were successfully rescued from the scene, but unfortunately 1 crew member died in the process. Initial reports suggest that the cause of death was due to drowning.
The exact reason behind the incident is not known at this time. Efforts to put out the fire are still ongoing.