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Fire onboard Greatship Rohini claims three lives
Team Sea and Coast | 15/02/2021
Indian Coast Guard recovered charred bodies of three crew members from the offshore vessel (OSV) Greatship Rohini on Sunday morning, 24 hours after a fire broke out in its engine room. The body of fourth engineer Anit Antony (31) was found in the engine room, while those of fitter Akshay Nikam (25) and oiler Ranjit Sawant (49) were recovered from the tween deck area by the search-and-rescue team around 10.15am. “The bodies were burnt beyond recognition...Casualty investigation has been ordered. Captain Jayakumar, principal officer, MMD Mumbai, will conduct the inquiry,” director general of shipping Amitabh Kumar said.
The blaze broke out in the engine room on Saturday around 9.15am when the ship was 92 nautical miles (around 170km) from the Mumbai shore, near NQO platform of the ONGC-managed Mumbai High. “The fire was contained in the engine room and was doused at 4pm on Saturday. There were 18 crews onboard of which 14 escaped unhurt,” Kumar told TOI.
Electro-technical officer Gurbeender Singh Chima (37) from Ludhiana, who was airlifted to hospital after he jumped into the sea, is critical in Masina Hospital, Byculla. He was in the engine room when the fire broke out. “He has sustained 78.5% burns and his condition is extremely critical,” said plastic surgeon Dr Suhas Abhayankar, who consults at the hospital.
The three bodies will be brought to shore on Monday, along with the ill-fated vessel by Greatship Anjali, another offshore vessel. The bodies will be sent to JJ Hospital for DNA testing.
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