Ship abandoned off Madras

Published - August 01, 2017 12:05 am IST

A ship due to arrive in Madras has been “abandoned” in the sea about 75 miles East, following a fire that broke out in her engine room. The Master of the vessel and a crew of 24 have however been saved, though one is feared dead. The ship is believed to be a “wreck”. S.S. “Angelina” was scheduled to touch Madras Harbour at about 10 O clock last night [July 31]. She is presumed to have left either Calcutta or Visakhapatnam earlier, obviously empty, since she was to load iron ore here [Madras], according to information available locally. By about 3 p.m. yesterday [July 31], a message from the ship reporting the fire accident was received but within half an hour, contact was lost. The authorities in Madras radioed and got in touch with a nearby ship. s.s. “Golden Phoenix” and broadcast flashes about the condition of Angelina. s.s. “Golden Phoenix” is stated to have picked up by night the Master and 24 members of the crew who managed to escape with the aid of life-boats. It is still not known whether some crew have been left aboard the abandoned vessel – either surviving or dead. The Golden Phoenix with the rescued men is expected to reach Madras by noon to-day [August 1].

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