Four crew members were seriously injured while three others are missing after a massive mid-sea explosion in the engine of tug named ‘Varun’ near Gogha on Friday.
The accident happened 10 nautical miles off Ghogha coast near Piram Island. T he tug was carrying local customs department officials and employees of a shipping agency who had gone to inspect a vessel named MV Paul which had come for breaking at Alang shipyard.
Minutes after the officials boarded MV Paul, there was an explosion in the tug, which drowned in less than two minutes.
Bhavnagar superintendent of police Pravin Mal told TOI: “As per available information, there was a leakage in the diesel pipe of the tug, which could have led to the fire.. Four persons were rescued and they are under treatment and out of danger. Search is on for three other crew members.”
Of the four rescued, one was pulled out from the rug by throwing a tyre while a boat of Ghogha Marine police station, which was in patrolling near-by, immediately reached there and rescued three others, said Mal.
The boats of Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and Ghogha Marine police station were immediately dispatched for rescue operation. The operation is being aided by the Indian Coast Guard and special operations group (SOG) too.
One of the injured was identified as 32-year-old Abu Jar Mandal. The names of the missing persons and other three injured were not known till the time of going to press as the entire staff was busy in rescue operations. The injured are under treatment at Sir T Hospital in Bhavnagar.
Primary application registered with Ghogha Marine police station stated that the incident took place when the tug reached near Piram Island and the boat’s engine exploded. She drowned in just about one-and-a-half minute.
According to source, fire had broke out in the same tug in March too.
Source: TOIPrevious Next
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