WION Web TeamKolkata, West Bengal, IndiaJun 14, 2018, 05.00 PM
The Indian Coast Guard ship Rajkiran and Dornier aircraft on Thursday rescued all the 22 crew members on board Indian flag Container vessel, MV SSL Kolkata which had caught fire Wednesday night.
The Rajkiran ship that reached the area at about 8:30 am was launched from Haldia while the Coast Guard Dornier aircraft was launched from Kolkata.
#WATCH Merchant Vessel SSL KOLKATA caught fire last night 11 out of 22 crew members rescued by Indian Coast Guard ship Rajkiran from Haldia, rescue operation for remaining crew members underway pic.twitter.com/FS6KccSSQA
The coast guard conducted the rescue operation under bad weather and rough sea condition. It also clarified that there was no spill of fuel as of now.
The container carrier was on a coastal voyage from Krishnapatnam to Kolkata with the crew and 464 containers.
We have successfully rescued all the crew members and they are safe," said Inspector General Kuldeep Singh Sheoran, Coast Guard Commander at Regional Headquarters (North East) in Kolkata.
About 70 per cent of the vessel was on fire when the rescue team reached MV SSL Kolkata.
The fire in the vessel broke out due to explosion in one of the container and gradually spread over.
"All the 22 survivors including the captain of the ship were picked up by the Coast Guard vessel," Coast Guard Commander (NE) Inspector General K S Sheoran said. The crew of the ship was rescued amid rough seas and inclement weather, he added.