Fire engulfed an offshore support vessel 'Coastal Jaguar' off the coast here on Monday, forcing the crew to abandon it and jump into the sea to save themselves. A total of 28 out of the 29 crew on board have been rescued and search is on for one missing crew.
According to a defense release, there was reportedly a loud explosion on board the vessel at 11.30 AM and thick smoke emanated from it. The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
#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/pksYGrC9ZE— ANI (@ANI) August 12, 2019
A Coast Guard ship 'Rani Rashmoni, which was in the area, was diverted to coordinate the rescue operations and it rescued the distressed crew.