Fire on big oil tanker in Indian Ocean leaves one hurt and another missing out on

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    Oil tanker on fire in Indian Ocean injured crew membes taken ashore in Sri Lanka

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    The MT New Diamond ignited off Sri Lanka today (Picture: EPA/Reuters/Getty)

    A big oil tanker ignited off the eastern coast of Sri Lanka on Thursday, leaving among its 23 team members missing out on and another hurt, according the navy.

    The fire started in a boiler in the engine space of the MT New Diamond — which was bring 270,000 metric lots of petroleum from the port of Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip — prior to spreading out, according to Sri Lankan navy spokesperson Captain Indika Silva.

    Photos launched by the Sri Lankan flying force revealed smoke increasing from the engine space of the ship however no noticeable damage or fire in other locations of the vessel.

    The navy sent out 4 ships in an effort to assist the stricken vessel. By the time they got here, 19 of the team members had actually left on lifeboats and were gotten by the ships, Mr Silva stated. Both the missing out on and hurt team members have actually been recognized as Filipinos.

    As the navy ships attempted to put out the fire, the captain and 2 others deserted the tanker, he stated, leaving the one team member missing out on.

    The team was consisted of 18 Philippines and 5 Greek residents.

    The hurt team member was recognized as the 3rd engineer of the ship and a Filipino. He was taken in a navy boat to land and was hospitalized, Silva stated.

    He stated 2 anti-submarine Russian ships anchored at a Sri Lankan port were likewise heading to the scene. The Russian ships had actually reached Hambantota port for replenishment and team rest.

    The MT New Diamond on fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka, 03 September 2020.

    Sri Lanka’s Air Force were on the scene when the Panamanian-signed up petroleum tanker ignited (Picture: AFP)

    The MT New Diamond on fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka, 03 September 2020.

    The fire began in an engine space boiler, a navy representative stated (Picture: EPA)

    The MT New Diamond on fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka, 03 September 2020.

    Smoke might be seen rippling from the ship (Picture: EPA)

    An injured crew member of the New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), is seen being taken to an ambulance by navy officials, in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka September 3, 2020.

    The hurt team member is offered medical attention on a beach (Picture: Reuters)

    An injured crew member of the New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), is seen being taken to an ambulance by navy officials, in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka September 3, 2020.

    The team member was then put on board an ambulance with the assistance of the Sri Lankan Navy (Picture: Reuters)

    An injured crew member of the New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), is seen being taken to an ambulance by navy officials, in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka September 3, 2020.

    The team member was assisted by authorities using security (Picture: Reuters)

    The Indian coast guard stated it likewise released ships and airplane after the Sri Lankan navy sought its assistance.

    Silva stated an Indian coast guard ship had actually reached the tanker and was splashing the fire and another Indian coast guard ship and 3 Indian marine ships were the method.

    At the time the fire broke out, the Panamanian-signed up ship had to do with 38 nautical miles (70 kilometers) east of Sri Lanka.

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