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Explosion on Colombo-bound Indian ship kills crew

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Explosion on Colombo-bound Indian ship off Kochi port The ship was carrying naphta and the fire has been brought under control: File photo

Kochi: A crew member of MV Nalini, a Colombo-bound merchant ship that caught fire off the coast here, has succumbed to severe burns.

Doctors at the Medical Trust Hospital here declared Yogesh K Solanki from Daman and Diu dead on arrival last night, a hospital spokesman said today.

A major explosion had taken place on the ship anchored 14.5 nautical miles off Kochi port Wednesday, triggered a massive rescue operation by the Indian Navy.

A crew member had suffered 80 per cent burns and was airlifted to Kochi.

The fire, reported from the engine room of the chemical tanker that set sail with 22 crew from Mundra port in Gujarat, was brought under control later in the evening Wednesday.

The Southern Air Command and the Indian Coast Guard responded to distress calls from the ship, which was stranded after its electric supply and propulsion systems collapsed.

The Southern Naval Command had also deployed an Advanced Light Helicopter to airlift the injured.

It also kept Seaking helicopters ready for a bigger evacuation if need be.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) also despatched its interceptor boat 'Charlie' to the location. A tugboat was sent out by the Cochin Port Trust.

INS Kalpeni, the Navy's fast attack craft, also participated in the rescue operations.

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