Merchant ship catches fire off Kochi; Navy launches rescue ops
A DOMESTIC merchant ship caught fire off the coast here with one crew member suffering severe burns on Wednesday as the Navy launched a rescue operation, a Defence official said.
The ship “MV Nalini” caught fire while being anchored at 14.5 nautical miles south west off Kochi and has lost power and propulsion, prompting it to send out a request for evacuation of its crew members. A defence spokesperson here, quoting a message received from the ship with 22 crew members on board, said one man has suffered 80 per cent burns.
He has been admitted to a hospital here.