At least three people have died and one other crew member suffered burn injuries as an offshore supply vessel Greatship Rohini caught fire on Saturday near Oil & Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) NQO platform, offshore Mumbai.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) recovered the bodies of three crew members on Sunday that were trapped inside the ill-fated vessel, local media reports have claimed.
“The bodies were discovered on Sunday morning in a search operation conducted jointly by 19 persons including eight crew members of Greatship Rohini and 11 members from ICG,” India’s leading news daily, Hindustan Times reported on Sunday.
India’s Director General of Shipping, Amitabh Kumar was quoted saying by the local media that the bodies of two seafarers were found in the tween-deck area, burnt beyond recognition, while a third body with burn injuries was found in the engine control room.
The fire appears to have erupted in the offshore vessel's engine room, reports said.
A high-level inquiry has been ordered for conducting an investigation into the incident, Kumar added.
“The engine room fire can be for any reason. Normally it happens when any work is being done and that will only be known when proper investigation is done in this case,” Kumar said.
In addition, an officer named as Gurbeender Singh, who works as an electro-technological officer, sustained burn injuries and was evacuated in a chopper and shifted to hospital, reports added.
Singh is now believed to be out of danger and is recuperating in a Mumbai Hospital.
The offshore vessel reportedly had a crew of 18 people, out of which, 15 members are believed to have been rescued.
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Multiple offshore vessels like Seamec-1, Greatship Dipti, Priya 27, Varaprada, Albatross-5, along with other crew boats are engaged in cooling and rescue operations, reports said.
Greatship Rohini, owned by Mumbai-based Greatship group is believed to have earlier caught fire on Saturday morning, 92 nautical miles north- west of Mumbai, near ONGC’s NQO platform.
However, it could not be confirmed by Upstream whether the offshore vessel was under an existing charter with ONGC.
Upstream has approached ONGC for comment.