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Indian merchant ship MV Nalini catches fire, Navy begins rescue Op

New Delhi, Jun 13 (UNI) Indian Navy on Wednesday began rescue operation to evacuate a seriously injured crew of Indian merchant ship MV Nalini which has caught on board fire. The evacuation of the injured by ALH is still in progress.
The Ship is anchored 14.5 nautical miles south west of Kochi and it has lost power and propulsion.
The crew members of the said ship requested for immediate evacuation of the crew who reportedly suffered 80 percent burn during the onboard fire. As per the latest information available, the fire reported in Engine Room, after an explosion but now under control now.
“Immediately, Southern Naval Command has launched an advance light helicopter (ALH) and is also preparing to launch a Seaking 42C helicopter for further rescue operation in case more crew members are to be evacuated”, Indian Navy Spokesperson said.
In addition, Indian Coast Guard has dispatched a ‘Charlie’ boat (Fast interceptor craft) whereas a tug has also been sailed by Cochin Port Trust.
Ship is a chemical tanker and was carrying naphtha.
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