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Gujarat MT Genessa tanker fire: One crew member dies in hospital, operations on to douse blaze

One of the rescued crew members who suffered burn injuries onboard the diesel-laden merchant navy tanker that caught fire yesterday off the Gujarat coast has died in hospital.

Published: 18th January 2018 01:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th January 2018 05:49 PM   |  A+A-

M T Genessa tanker on fire. (Twitter | PRO Defence Gujarat)

By PTI

AHMEDABAD: One of the rescued crew members who suffered burn injuries onboard the diesel-laden merchant navy tanker that caught fire yesterday off the Gujarat coast has died in hospital.

No oil spill has been reported off the coast, an official said today.

Efforts were underway to douse the flames on the MT Genessa tanker which was carrying 30,000 tonnes of high-speed diesel, he said.

The official said water sampling has not shown any oil spill so far in the Arabian Sea from the tanker, anchored 15 nautical miles off the Deendayal Port in Kandla.

The fire in the oil tanker's crew compartment was reported last evening. The Indian Coast Guard had evacuated all the 26 crew members, two of whom suffered burn injuries.

Defence PRO, Gujarat region, Abhishek Matiman today said no oil spill has been reported so far from the tanker.

Matiman said the Coast Guard worked tirelessly throughout the night to avert any potential disaster.

Indian Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-403 is at the scene and the maritime security agency's pollution control team has been activated, an official earlier said.

A Dornier aircraft has been pressed into service to ascertain the extent of the fire, he said.

(With inputs from ANI)

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