Drone strikes ship with 20 Indians off Gujarat, Coast Guard moving in

The vessel, which is carrying crude oil, was going towards Mangaluru from a port in Saudi Arabia.
Drone strikes ship with 20 Indians off Gujarat, Coast Guard moving in

Porbandar: A drone strike caused an explosion and fire on a merchant ship in the Arabian Sea on Saturday, but no casualties have been reported. The crew includes 20 Indians, and an Indian Coast Guard vessel is moving towards the merchant vessel, MV Chem Pluto, which is 217 nautical miles off the Porbandar coast, media has reported.

The vessel, which is carrying crude oil, was going towards Mangaluru from a port in Saudi Arabia. Defence officials said the Coast Guard ship, ICGS Vikram, which was patrolling the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone, has been directed towards the merchant ship in distress. The Coast Guard vessel has alerted all ships in the area to provide assistance to it.

The fire has been extinguished but it has affected the ship’s functioning. All crew members are safe.

The incident comes days after the Indian Navy helped in the evacuation of an injured sailor from a hijacked Malta-flagged cargo vessel on Monday. It had been reported that six “pirates” had illegally boarded the ship, the MV Ruen, In the Arabian Sea.

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