According to an official, a fire broke out on a marine research vessel off Karnataka's New Mangalore coast, following which 30 crew members and 16 researchers were rescued by the coast guard. At Friday night, Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, Mumbai, was informed about the fire burst out on ocean research vessel (ORV) Sagar Sampada, Coast Guard Inspector General (West region) Vijay Chaphekar said. The vessel belongs to an institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Of the 16 researchers onboard, three were women, he said. The fire broke out in the accommodation area of the vessel and the team was not able to control its spread. The Coast Guard squeezed into service ICGS Vikram and ICGS Sujay to render necessary help, the official said. "The Indian Coast Guard ships arrived at vessel's position simply past midnight on March 16 and deployed a joint fire-fighting team to contain the fire," Chaphekar said, adding external fire fighting system fitted on the Indian Coast Guard ships were additionally used to control the spread of burst. The group boarded the vessel and evaluated the situation.
It was discovered that eight compartments in the accommodation territory were ablaze, he said. Extensive fire-activities were attempted which proceeded for more than eight hours. Following that ORV Sagar Sampada continued towards New Mangalore harbor securely, Chaphekar said