An offshore supply vessel (OSV) with a crew of 18 members caught fire on Saturday while off Mumbai, India resulting in deaths of three offshore workers.
The vessel was 92 nautical miles off Mumbai coast when the fire broke out, near ONGC’s NQO platform of Mumbai High. The fire had started in the engine room.
The Indian Coast Guard said that the Greatship Rohini vessel had the crew of 18 at the time of the incident. The coast guard ships Samarth and Samudra Praheri as well as Dornier aircraft were sent to the scene.
The fire on the vessel was extinguished and 15 of the 18 workers were rescued while search operations were launched for the remaining three workers.
One officer identified as Gurbeender Singh, who works as an electro-technological officer, sustained burn injuries and was evacuated in a chopper and shifted to a hospital. He is out of danger and recuperating in the hospital.
However, the three missing crew members were found dead on the vessel on Sunday morning.
India’s Director General of Shipping, Amitabh Kumar, said an inquiry had been ordered into the cause of the incident.
The ship has been towed away from the scene.
The 2010-built vessel is owned by Mumbai-based Greatship Group.