Navy boat sinks off Chennai due to fire

CHENNAI: An interceptor craft of the Indian Navy sank off Chennai due to a fire on board in the wee hours of Thursday, although there were no casualties.

uttara@tribuneindia.com

Chennai, January 21

An interceptor craft of the Indian Navy sank off Chennai due to a fire on board in the wee hours of Thursday, although there were no casualties.

The incident took place 90 nautical miles northeast of Chennai, navy sources said.

An official release said a fire broke out on board the 15.6 m interceptor craft while it was on duty at about 2 am.

"The fire caused extensive damage to the Fibre-glass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) hull of the craft resulting in sinking of the boat despite all out efforts by the crew to save it. There were no casualties," it said.

An inquiry has been ordered to investigate the incident, it said.

Navy officials did not provide further details, including the number of crew on board the craft. — PTI

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