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Coast Guard sends three ships, aircraft after Sri Lanka seeks help in fighting fire onboard oil tanker

Coast Guard said it immediately diverted ICG Ships Shaurya, Sarang and Samudra Paheredar, besides a Dornier aircraft for the firefight on oil tanker New Diamond.

Published: 03rd September 2020 05:24 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd September 2020 07:52 PM   |  A+A-

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A fully loaded oil tanker New Diamond a very large crude carrier VLCC chartered by IOC caught fire off the east coast of Sri Lanka while on its way to Paradip port. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Indian Coast Guard Thursday said it has pressed into action its three ships and a Dornier aircraft after the Sri Lankan Navy sought assistance to control a fire onboard an oil tanker off the east coast of the island nation.

In a swift sea and air coordinated Search and Rescue (SAR) operation, the Coast Guard said it immediately diverted ICG Ships Shaurya, Sarang and Samudra Paheredar, besides a Dornier aircraft for the firefight on oil tanker New Diamond.

"Assistance sought by Sri Lanka Navy from @IndiaCoastGuard for fire and explosion onboard Oil Tanker #MTNewDiamond 37 NM east off Sri Lanka coast.

ICG ships and aircraft deployed for immediate assistance,” it said in a tweet, tagging the Defence Minister of India and the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs."@IndiaCoastGuard in a swift Sea & Air Coordinated #SAR operation immediately diverted #ICG Ships Shaurya, Sarang, Samudra Paheredar & Dornier Aircraft for firefighting on Oil Tanker #MTNewDiamond," its second tweet said.

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