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Massive fire engulfs coastal vessel Jaguar in Vizag, 29 crew members jump into water | WATCH

29 crew members of an offshore Support Vessel jumped into the water after their ship caught massive fire in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 12, 2019 17:20 IST
Massive fire engulfs offshore support vessel in

Massive fire engulfs offshore support vessel in Visakhapatnam, 29 crew members jump into water | WATCH

A massive fire engulfed an offshore support vessel named Jaguar near Visakhapatnam port on Monday, following which 29 crew members had to jump into a river to save their lives.

The incident took place at 11:30 am today when the blaze broke out in Offshore Support Vessel Coastal Jaguar. Reportedly, there was a loud explosion onboard Coastal Jaguar, following which thick smoke emanated from the vessel.

According to a spokesperson of Eastern Naval Command, crew of offshore support vessel Coastal Jaguar had to abandon their vessel and jump into water to save themselves from the fire which engulfed the vessel.

"There was reportedly a loud explosion onboard Coastal Jaguar that was followed by thick smoke emanating from the vessel," he said.

ICGS Rani Rashmoni which was in area was diverted to coordinate the rescue operation. Rani Rashmoni in coordination with Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) boats rescued the distressed crew.

"28 out of the 29 crew present on board have been rescued, search for one missing crew is in progress," the spokesperson said.

Dramatic scenes of the crew jumping into the sea to save themselves and the rescue operations by the ships were witnessed.

India Tv - Rescue ships and boats were rushed to coastal vessel Jaguar that caught fire earlier today in Vizag.

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Rescue ships and boats were rushed to coastal vessel Jaguar that caught fire earlier today in Vizag.

The rescue operations also involved ICGS Samudra Paheredar, ICG Helicopter and ICGS C-432.

The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

ICGS Rani Rashmoni, which was in the area, was diverted to coordinate the rescue operation. 

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