CHENNAI: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Thursday (September 3, 2020) rushed three vessels to the Central-eastern Sri Lankan coast to assist battle a massive fire onboard MT New Diamond, a Panama-flagged oil tanker
Through a tweet, the Indian Coast Guard said, “The Indian Coast Guard in a quick Sea & Air Coordinated #SAR operation instantly diverted #ICG Ships Shaurya, Sarang, Samudra Paheredar & Dornier Airplane for #FireFighting on Oil Tanker #MTNewDiamond @DefenceMinIndia @MEAIndia.”
Another tweet from the ICG said, “#SavingLives #SAR #FireFighting support sought by Sri Lanka Navy from @IndiaCoastGuard for fire and surge onboard Oil Tanker #MTNewDiamond 37 NM east off #Srilanka coast. #ICG ships and aircraft released for instant assistance @DefenceMinIndia.”
The fire-engulfed oil-tanker lies about 36 nautical miles from the Sri Lankan coast.
The oil tanker was bound for Paradip, Odisha, on India’s eastern coast from Kuwait. Out of the 23 team members on board the oil tanker, 19 have been securely rescued.
However, one team member is reported to be injured, another missing out on, while the captain is on board with another crew member.
The Indian Coast Guard, likewise referred to as Guards of the Sea, has set in motion vessels – Shaurya, Sarang, and Samudra ‘pehredar’ to assist in fighting the fire. Besides the Coast Guard vessels, a Dornier aircraft has also been released for the operation.
One Indian vessel is expected to reach the website by night.
Indian Coast Guard rushes three vessels to the Sri Lankan coast for firefighting on oil tankers.