Colombo:

India has dispatched two Coast Guard vessels and a aircraft to assist the Sri Lankan Navy put out the flames of a container ship that caught fireplace off the coast of Colombo final week amid intensified efforts by the coastal command. to extinguish the burning remnants.

The ship’s 25 crew members of Filipino, Chinese, Indian and Russian nationality have been rescued. Official sources stated that not less than 5 indigenous individuals have been rescued.

The cargo ship “X-PRESS PEARL” was carrying a cargo of chemical compounds and beauty uncooked supplies from Hazira in Gujarat to the port of Colombo. It caught fireplace 9.5 nautical miles offshore the place it was anchored off Colombo harbor on May 20.

India’s High Commission in a tweet stated Tuesday: “Help on the way! Responding as soon as ever to Sri Lanka’s request, India sends ICG Vaibhav, ICG Dornier and Tug Water Lilly to fight the fire.”

A serious operation was launched to extinguish the ship’s flames. A particular crew from the Sri Lankan Navy, the Sri Lanka Port Authority and the Marine Environment Protection Authority arrived on the container ship affected by the fireplace on May 21.

Authorities stated a loud explosion was heard Tuesday morning, probably the fireplace lingering in subsections of the vessel the place a cargo of nitric acid was saved.

The Sri Lankan Navy, in a press release released Tuesday, confirmed the upcoming Indian aid.

The fireplace was aggravated by the sturdy winds.

“However, the ship’s crew and members of the emergency response team have been safely brought ashore as of now,” he stated.

He stated that due to the swell and dangerous climate, the ship is now leaning to the correct. As a consequence, a few of the containers on board have fallen into the ocean and others have sunk.

The Navy stated it warned the fishing neighborhood to keep away.

As the ship was carrying chemical compounds, the Marine Environment Pollution Authority warned the general public not to contact or open any supplies or packages from the ship which may be floating across the western coastal areas of Colombo and Negombo.

The Navy stated efforts are underway to utterly extinguish the flames.

Eight cargo containers fell into the ocean in the course of the operations, authorities stated.

Tugs have been deployed to scale back the warmth surrounding the container, the Navy stated. The Sri Lankan Air Force was commissioned with a helicopter.

Two offshore patrol boats, the Sri Lanka Naval Vessel (SLNS) Sagara, Sindurala, and a quick assault vessel are utilizing dry chemical to include the fireplace.

Navy spokeswoman Captain Indika de Silva stated the fireplace was attributable to a chemical response.

The vessel is registered beneath the Singapore flag.