A crew member missing in crude carrier New Diamond off Sri Lanka has been presumed dead, the Sri Lanka Navy said on Friday.
The fire is still raging on board the oil tanker, but no oil spill has been identified so far, the navy said. One member of the crew has been injured and brought to Sri Lanka, Navy spokesman Captain Indika de Silva said.
#FireFighting in progress in consultation with Master of #MTNewDiamond onboard #ICG ship Shaurya along with Tug APL Winger.Additional #ICG ship Ameya & Abheek being deployed #today in PR configuration to augment efforts. 02 CG Dornier aircraft also being deployed for air efforts pic.twitter.com/bAPC3a0eSe— Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) September 4, 2020
Apart from the Sri Lanka Navy, the Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Indian Navy, and Indian Coast Guard are at the scene trying to distinguish the fire.
The New Diamond was travelling from Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip, fully loaded with the equivalent of about 2 million barrels of oil.