Kochi merchant ship fire: Crew member succumbs to burns

Explosion had rocked a Colombo-bound Indian ship off Kochi port last night

MV Nalini | File MV Nalini | File

A crew member of a domestic merchant ship that caught fire off the coast in Kochi has succumbed to severe burns.

Doctors at the Medical Trust Hospital in Kochi declared Yogesh K. Solanki from Daman and Diu dead on arrival last night, a hospital spokesman said on Thursday.

The ship "MV Nalini" caught fire while being anchored at 14.5 nautical miles southwest off the city last evening.

The vessel had lost power and propulsion, prompting it to send out a request to Navy for evacuation of its crew members.

A defence spokesperson, quoting a message received from the ship with 22 crew members onboard, had said a man in his late 20s had suffered 80 per cent burns.

The situation was brought under control last night itself.

The ship is a chemical tanker, and was carrying naphtha.

The Southern Naval command, the Coast Guard and other agencies had made arrangements for the rescue operations.