The Indian Coast Guard extinguished a major fire on board a research vessel, and rescued 36 crew members and 16 scientists.
The ship which caught fire was a research vessel belonging to the Shipping Corporation of India or SCI and was named Sagar Sampada. The research vessel was equipped to carry out research in marine biology and fishery.
The coast guard sent two ships named Sujay and Vikram, to engage in the firefighting operations.
The Indian Coast Guard shared a pictures of the vessel after successfully dousing the blaze.
The origin of the fire in the research vessel is not yet known.
After the fire was put off 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 fire fighting ops. Safety of 36 crew & 16 scientist onboard ascertained. Vessel being escorted to New Mangalore harbour.@DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/OBS9OYiaqH
— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) March 16, 2019