The Hush Post|12:05pm| 2-min-read
Two ships carrying Indian crew members among others caught fire off Russian coast killing at least 11 persons, media reports said on Tuesday.
The fire broke out on Monday off Russia’s territorial waters in the Kerch Strait separating Crimea from Russia. The fire broke out as the two ships were transferring fuel from one to the other. Both vessels were flying Tanzanian flags. One of them was a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier and another one was a tanker.
One of the ships, the Candy, had a 17-member crew, including nine Turkish citizens and eight Indian nationals.
The other one, the Maestro, had a 15-member crew, including seven Indian citizens, seven Turkish nationals, and an intern from Libya, Russian news agency Tass quoted the maritime authority as saying.
At least 11 sailors have died, according to a report by Russian television network RT news.
Explosion occurred, 12 persons rescued from sea
“Presumably, an explosion occurred (on one of the vessels). Then the fire spread to the other vessel,” said a spokesman for the Russian Maritime Agency.
Some sailors managed to escape the burning ships by jumping off the vessels. Twelve persons have been rescued from the sea so far. Nine sailors are still listed as missing, the spokesperson said.