One killed in fire on fishing boat off Gujarat coast

Porbandar, Nov 19 (IANS) One person was killed and another severely burnt in a fire which broke out on a fishing trawler off the Porbandar coast in the Arabian Sea on Friday, officials said on Saturday.

Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Arush’ doused the fire and assisted in the rescue of fishermen from the distressed boat. There were five crew members on board.

The Coast Guard district headquarters here received information about a major fire onboard the fishing boat ‘Krishna Raj’, which was 14 nautical miles off Porbandar, over telephone from the president of the fishermen’s association at around 1.30 p.m.

The Coast Guard ship, which was on patrol duty, rushed to the distressed boat to douse the fire and rescue the crew. Officers of the Indian Coast Guard with the assistance of fishermen sailing in other boats in the area, extinguished the fire in about 90 minutes.

The boat, with the surviving crew members, was towed to the coast.