A crew member of a domestic merchant ship that caught fire off Kochi on Wednesday, has succumbed to severe burns.
Doctors at the Medical Trust Hospital in Kochi declared Yogesh Solanki from Daman and Diu dead on arrival on Wednesday night, a hospital spokesman said on Thursday.
The ship “MV Nalini” caught fire while it was being anchored at 14.5 nautical miles southwest off Kochi on Wednesday evening.
The vessel had lost power and propulsion, prompting it to send out a request to Navy for evacuation of its crew members.
A Defence spokesperson in Kochi, quoting a message received from the ship with 22 crew members on-board, had said a man in his late 20s had suffered 80% burns.
The Southern Naval command, the Coast Guard and other agencies had made arrangements for the rescue operations.