The Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday rescued all 25 crew members, including two Indians, after a container ship caught fire off the coast of Colombo. He has been admitted to Colombo National Hospital.
New Delhi. The Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday rescued all 25 crew members, including two Indians, after a container ship caught fire off the coast of Colombo. Firefighting is underway. According to media reports, both the Indians were seriously injured during the rescue operation. He has been admitted to Colombo National Hospital. However, the two have not been identified yet.
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Colombo was carrying raw materials of chemicals and cosmetics
According to a report, the container ship caught fire off the coast of Colombo last week. On May 20, the container ship MV ‘X-Press PRL’ was carrying raw materials for chemicals and cosmetics from Hazira in Gujarat to Colombo port, officials said. Meanwhile, a sudden fire broke out 9.5 nautical miles off the coast of Colombo. Operations were carried out by the Navy, Ports Authority and Marine Environment Protection to contain the sudden fire.
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The crew includes Filipino, Chinese, Indian and Russian nationals
The fire broke out on Tuesday morning due to the accumulation of nitric acid in the part of the ship. A Sri Lankan Air Force Bell-212 helicopter was pressed into service to contain the fire. All 25 members of the ship’s crew were rescued. The crew consisted of citizens of the Philippines, China, India and Russia.
Deployed aircraft and naval vessels to contain the fire
The navy said steps were being taken to contain the fire. Eight cargo containers fell into the sea during the operation. Some of which were suspected to be acid. Authorities banned swimming nearby. Navy spokesman Capt. Indica de Silva said the fire was caused by a chemical reaction. The rescue operation is facing difficulties due to heavy rains and strong winds, officials said. Sri Lanka deployed aircraft and ships to help with the fire.