The fire on MV Kavaratti, a cruise ship that operates between Kochi and Lakshadweep islands, was doused and all passengers and crew members were safely rescued. A ship with over 322 passengers and 85 crew members was stranded on the high seas after its engine caught fire.
The vessel was sailing to Androth Island, a part of the Lakshadweep archipelago.
Sources told PTI that the ship is being towed to Androth by an Indian Coast Guard vessel that was in the vicinity.
The Coast Guard ship started towing the stranded vessel at 6.15 pm and is expected to reach the shore by 11.00 pm today.
MV Coral dispatched to aid the stranded vessel is also accompanying it.
As per the official report, MV Kavaratti left for Lakshadweep from Kochi on Tuesday and offloaded some passengers. After that, the ship was on its way to Androth and other islands of the archipelago on Wednesday when the incident took place.
The ship was just a few hours away from Androth when its engine caught fire and though the flames were extinguished immediately the vessel could not sail further as the engine had to be shut down.
MV Kavaratti has been designed especially for the Lakshadweep Islands to promote tourism and was introduced in 2008.
The 120-meter long ship can carry 700 passengers and 200 tons of cargo.