Bodies of 3 crew members recovered from offshore vessel

Day after mid-sea fire, three charred bodies found

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. The three bodies were charred beyond recognition, an official said. While two bodies were found from the tween-deck area, the third was found in the engine control room. The deceased have been identified as Anit Anthony, 31, 4th engineer; Akshay Nikam, 55, who was working as fitter; and Ranjit Sawant, 51, who was working as oiler. A total of 18 crew members were onboard the vessel when the fire broke out near the NQO platform of Mumbai High. On Saturday, a fire broke out on the vessel approximately 91 nautical miles offshore at Mumbai High at 9 am. The fire is believed to have started from the engine room but the exact cause has not been ascertained yet. A high-level inquiry has been ordered for conducting an investigation into the incident.