Bengaluru, Mar 16: Indian Coast Guard ships doused a major fire on board a ship and saved the lives of scientists off the Mangaluru coast in Karnataka on Friday.
Coast Guard ships -Vikram and Shoor- doused a major fire on board a ship, SCI Research Vessel Sagar Sampada - carrying around 30 crew and 16 scientists, off the Mangaluru coast in Karnataka.
The ship has been brought back to Mangaluru port.
After the fire was put out, the research vessel was escorted to the New Mangalore harbour, the Coast Guard said in the tweet. The research vessel was equipped to carry out research in marine biology and fishery, reported news agency ANI.
During late hrs on 15 Mar 19, #SCI Research Vessel Sagar Sampada reported fire onboard at sea @IndiaCoastGuard Ships Sujay & Vikram engaged in fire fighting ops. Safety of 36 crew & 16 scientist onboard ascertained. Vessel being escorted to New Mangalore harbour.@DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/OBS9OYiaqH— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) March 16, 2019
Fishery Oceanographic Research Vessel Sagar Sampada is an Indian research vessel that is equipped to carry out multidisciplinary research in oceanography, marine biology and fishery science.
The vessel is currently managed and operated by the Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology (CMLRE), Kochi, a research institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, and is operated from Kochi.
FORV Sagar Sampada is a platform for interdisciplinary expeditions in and around the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone, with participation from various institutions, from India and abroad.