16 scientists, crew rescued after ship off Karnataka coast catches fire

New Delhi: A major fire on board a research vessel with over 30 people at sea was put out by the Indian Coast Guard on Friday night.

On board the ship were 36 crew members along with 16 scientists, the Coast Guard tweeted, along with photos of the successful fire-fighting operation.The Coast Guard said it ensured safety of crew and scientists on the ship.

An alarm was sounded late Friday night after which the Coast Guard posted two of its ships to extinguish the fire.

The ships, named Sujay and Vikram, involved in firefighting operations as soon as they arrived at the spot. After some time, the ships managed to douse the fire and accompany the crew to safety.

The ship which caught fire was a research vessel belonging to the Shipping Corporation of India or SCI, named Sagar Sampada.

The origin of the fire in the research vessel is not yet known.

After the fire was put out, the research vessel was escorted to the New Mangalore harbour, the Coast Guard said in the tweet.

The research vessel was equipped to carry out research in marine biology and fishery.

(With agency inputs)