A ship caught fire on Monday off Visakhapatnam following a loud explosion, forcing the crew to jump into the waters to save themselves. The fire broke out on the Offshore Support Vessel Coastal Jaguar at around 11:30 am. Visuals from of the incident showed a raging fireball on the ship and thick black smoke billowing towards the sky.
The Indian Coast Guard Ship Rani Rashmoni, which was in the area, was diverted for rescue operations. Visuals of the rescue showed ICGS Rani Rashmoni's crew throwing over lifebuoys to the crew swimming in the water.
#WATCH Visakhapatnam: At 11:30 am today, 29 crew members of Offshore Support Vessel Coastal Jaguar jumped into water after a fire engulfed the vessel. 28 rescued by Indian Coast Guard. Search for 1 missing crew underway. Exact cause of fire yet to be ascertained. #AndhraPradesh pic.twitter.com/pksYGrC9ZEANI (@ANI) August 12, 2019
28 of the 29 crew members of the ship that caught fire were rescued. Operations were on to rescue the one missing crew member as of last updating this report.
Indian Coast Guard Ships Samudra Paheredar and C-432 and a helicopter were also pressed into service for the rescue operations.
(An earlier version of this story said the fire broke out onboard a Coast Guard ship. The story has been updated.)