Govt keen on safety of Indian nationals on board two ships that caught fire in Russian waters

In a major international mishap, two ships carrying Indian, Turkish and Libyan crew members caught fire in the Kerch Strait.

The spot is where Crimea gets separated from Russia.

The fire incident is said to have claimed 14 sailors, as per local sources.

It is said that the two ships were flying Tanzanian flags and caught fire in Russian waters.

While one of them was a liquefied natural gas carrier and another one was a tanker.

It is now being said that while one of the ships, had a 17-member crew, including nine Turkish citizens and eight Indian nationals, the other one, had 15-member crew, including seven Turkish nationals, seven Indian citizens and an intern from Libya.

Meanwhile, the ministry of external affairs said the Indian embassy in Moscow was in constant touch with the Russian agencies concerned to get more information on the Indian nationals affected in the incident and to extend necessary assistance.

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