At least 2 ship crew feared killed and nineteen rescued so far in the oil tank fire off the Sri Lankan east coast
At least two ship crew are feared killed when an Indian oil tanker on its
way from Kuwait to Paradip port carrying Indian oil corporation's consignment
caught fire in eastern Lanka on September third morning according to Sri Lankan
At least two causalities have been reported so far from the point, while
one has been trapped in the engine room where the fire has reportedly erupted.
According to the information received so far, the person trapped in the engine
room may be claimed dead soon," he said.
“Nineteen crew members have been evacuated from the ship while the captain,
the first and the second officers are still on board," he added.
He proceeded to say that the deck of the vessel had been sealed and the
information was coming from a nearby vessel.
Navy and Air Force
rush to rescue
“The navy has deployed three navy vessels while the Air Force has deployed
a beachcraft to assist the vessel,” Dr. Pradeep said.
All precautionary measures would be taken to prevent any possible oil leak
from the vessel which caught fire 38 nautical miles off Sangamankanda, the Sri
Lankan Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) said.
The vessel was
carrying 270,000 Metric Tonnes of crude oil
The vessel was carrying 270,000 Metric Tonnes of crude oil. MEPA General
Manager Dr. Terney Pradeep Kumara said the vessel also contained 1700 tonnes of