An Indian Navy spokesmen said on September 3; that one of its 23 crew was missing and another injured. A statement released late on Thursday by the navy said the New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC), was crewed by five Greek and 18 Philippine nationals. Photographs taken by Sri Lanka's air force showed extensive damage to the tanker's funnel, and thick black smoke and flames coming from the bridge, which is just behind the cargo area.
Indian Coast Guard trying to put out the fire on Friday. Twenty-two crew members of the oil Motor Tanker (MT) New Diamond have been rescued, while one is still missing, Indian Coast Guard officials said on Saturday.
The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) continued with the fire fighting operation on the east of Sri Lanka on Motor Tanker New Diamond on Friday and Saturday. The first information about the vessel being on fire was received at the ICG Maritime Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC) Mumbai.
ICG Deputy Director-General Suresh Kumar, who is jointly running the rescue operation with Srilankan Navy, told ANI that of the 22 rescued crew, one is injured and has been hospitalised in Sri Lanka. He ruled out any possibility of an oil spill and asserted that the situation is under control.
INS Sahyadri reports fire on MT New Diamond under control. Aerial reconnaissance being undertaken to assess present situation, to be followed by boarding of ship. MT New Diamond is a large crude carrier with a length of 333 meters and was carrying crude oil from Kuwait to Paradip.