Indian Coast Guard Ship Arush, whilst on patrol close to notional International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) rescued 07 fishermen from burning boat Kalash Raj on 07 Nov 21 in coordination with other fishing boats in the area. The boat reportedly caught fire due to fuel leakage from engine exhaust. ICG ship Arush under the command of Commandant (JG) Ashwini Kumar, arrived with maximum speed at the scene of the fire and quickly engaged in firefighting operations however, due to the rapid spread of fire, the boat could not be salvaged and ultimately sank.
The rescued crew, who were exhausted and visibly tired, were taken on board and provided with first aid and initial assistance by the ICG ship. As the ICG ship was on forwarding area patrol, the ship handed over the rescued fishermen to other fishing boats operating in the vicinity for passage to Okha. The boat is likely to reach Okha by 08 Nov 2021.
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