Posted on March 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Indian research vessel, SCI Sagar Sampada, caught on fire in the evening of March 15th while transiting south of Mangalore, Western India.
At approximately 10:00 pm in the evening, the Indian Coast Guard received a distress call saying that a fire had broken out onboard the Sagar Sampada.
The ocean research vessel had been en-route to Kochi and was transiting some 30 nautical miles off the Mangaluru coast when a fire broke out in the accommodation area.
Local maritime authorities immediately dispatched two Coast Guard ships, the Vikram and the Sujay, in order to douse the reportedly major fire.
The joint firefighting team embarked the Sagar Sampada at around midnight and found that eight compartments in the accommodation area were on fire.
The blaze raged on throughout the night but was finally doused at around 7 am on Saturday morning.
Thankfully, the 30 seafarers and 16 scientists on board the vessel managed to avoid any injuries and are all considered safe and healthy.
While the vessel received extensive damage due to the fire, it remains operational and is currently heading back to the New Mangalore Port Trust for damage assessment, under Coast Guard escort.
The SCI Sagar Sampada is an Indian ocean research vessel, tasked with carrying out research in the fields of marine biology and fishery.
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