11 Sailors Missing As Ship Catches Fire In The Indian Ocean

A search operation for 11 sailors from Indonesia had gone missing after their vessel caught on fire in the Indian Ocean, a rescuer reported.

The fire broke out on Tuesday on the sailor vessel KM Serba Prima 8, but the incident was discovered by Indonesian rescuers only on Friday after two more sailors, who had been rescued by a sailor’s vessel, reached a seaport in Cilacap city of Central Java on Friday and reported the incident, explained Fazzli A, the head of Jakarta’s search and rescue office.

We deployed personnel to the scene and coordinated with rescue offices in areas where victims could be discovered; he informed Xinhua over a phone call.

11 Indonesian sailors are missing since their ship caught fire in the Indian Ocean
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He added that they had also coordinated with Australia’s joint rescue coordination centre.

The fire broke out while the sailors were sleeping. By the time they woke up, the fire had become too big to put out, according to him, per Xinhua news agency.

All the sailors had jumped into the waters, while two were reportedly rescued by a sailor’s vessel on Wednesday.

References: The Tribune, IANSLive

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