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Three charred bodies of missing crew recovered

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Mar 15, 2018, 5:53 am IST
Updated : Mar 15, 2018, 5:53 am IST

The Coast Guard and Navy had launched a salvage operation along with merchant vessels.

The container ship caught fire near Lakshadweep
 The container ship caught fire near Lakshadweep

Mumbai: Three charred bodies were recovered on Wednesday from the Maersk Honam container ship that burst into flames near Lakshadweep on March 7. The three bodies of missing crew members were recovered, but their identity is yet to be established. After the mishap, four crew members were missing, who were citizens of India, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.  

Maersk Honam caught fire around 390 Nautical Miles from India’s Agatti Islands at Lakshadweep. The 330 mts long container ship was loaded with chemical containers onboard. Merchant ships directed by Indian Coast Guard MRCC Centre in Mumbai picked up 23 survivors on the same day. Out of the 23 survivors, a Thai national is reported to be critical. 

The officials, however, stated that the bodies are beyond recognition and hence the traces of the missing Indian crew member is yet to be ascertained. The company meanwhile stated that they consider all the missing crew members dead and that they have informed the same to their respective families. 

The Coast Guard and Navy had launched a salvage operation along with merchant vessels. It had a crew of 23 member of which four, including an Indian, were missing. The vessel was loaded with over 7000 chemical containers and the fire started following an explosion.

The salvage operations are now being conducted by Smit Salvage and Ardent companies, which are expert in maritime salvage operations. The Coast Guards and the Navy have pulled out of the salvage operation but are now providing them with air support. 

Tags: maersk honam, indian coast guard (icg), salvage