Smoke rises from vessels in Kerch Strait on January 21
Smoke rises from vessels in Kerch Strait on January 21

11 people die as vessels in Kerch Strait catch fire

ANI | Updated: Jan 22, 2019 05:24 IST

Moscow [Russia], Jan 22 (ANI): At least 11 people have died after two liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, bearing Tanzania's flag, in the Kerch Strait caught fire on Monday.
Sailors from India and Turkey were on board the vessels when the incident occurred. There were 31 crew members in total on both the vessels, Russia's Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transportation (Rosmorrechflot) told Sputnik.
Out of the crew members, authorities have confirmed that while 11 people have perished in the fire, 12 people have been saved. Most of the surviving crew members saved their lives by jumping into the sea. There is no data on the remaining sailors as of yet.
Preliminary information has unveiled that the fire had started during the transfer of LNG between the two vessels. Around seven vessels were on scene as part of rescue efforts. (ANI)

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