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Navy ship collides with vessel near Mumbai coast

Last Updated: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:43

Mumbai: An Indian naval warship with 400
people on board, including family members of Navy personnel,
today collided with a foreign merchant vessel at the Mumbai
harbour, resulting in fire on the warship, Coast Guard
officials said.

There were no reports of casualty or oil spill in the
incident which occurred when the family members of the Navy
personnel were celebrating the annual "Day at Sea" on board
INS Vindhyagiri, they said.

According to the officials, INS Vindhyagiri was returning
to the dockyard while merchant vessel Nord Lake was leaving
Mumbai harbour when the two collided at Sunk Clock in the
harbour this evening.

Following the collision, a fire broke out in the warship
and the Coast Guard officials were pressed into service to
douse the fire.

The fire was doused after over four hours of operations
and the situation is under control, the officials said adding
that family members of the Navy personnel were ferried to
safer places. Both the ships have suffered damages.

The Navy and the Directorate General of Shipping is
inquiring into the matter to establish whose fault it was, the
officials said.

While INS Vindhyagiri has been sailed to the dockyard,
Nord Lake has been anchored at the harbour.

Traffic on the navigational route has not been disrupted.


First Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 00:43

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