Coast Guard rushes to aid of abandoned cargo vessel on fire off Mumbai coast

Jul 08, 2013, 18:31 IST | A Correspondent

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) is fighting to bring under control a blaze on board an abandoned cargo vessel, which was being towed by the tugs off the Mumbai coast.

The Coast Guard rushed to the aid of derelict cargo vessel M.V. Mol Comfort after a massive fire broke out Saturday on board the derelict ship, officials said here.

Coast Guard battling to tame the blaze
The Coast Guard battling to bring the blaze under control.

The fire was noticed around 11 a.m. during a routine surveillance sortie by an ICG aircraft, around 310 nautical miles form Mumbai, when the vessel was being towed to Port Sohar in Oman.

The ICG diverted its ship Samudra Prahari to monitor and render assistance to the MV Mol Comfort.

The 316-metre long cargo container ship had broken into two on June 17, around 840 nautical miles west of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea, and all the 26 crew aboard were rescued in a humanitarian mission by the ICG here.

Coast Guard trying to bring fire under control
The derelict cargo vessel M.V. Mol Comfort on fire.

Battling severe weather conditions and six metre tall waves, the ICG Mumbai managed to rescue all the crew comprising 14 Filipinos and 12 Russians who had abandoned MV Mol Comfort when it was carrying a cargo of 4500 containers from Singapore to Jeddah.

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