The ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet, which went to the exercises, are urgently sent to help the New Diamond tanker in distress in the Indian Ocean. This was announced by the National Defense Control Center of Russia on Thursday, September 3.
A detachment of warships of the Pacific Fleet was redirected to help, including the large anti-submarine ships Admiral Tributs and Admiral Vinogradov, the large sea tanker Boris Butoma, which went to the Andaman Sea to participate in the joint Russian-Indian naval exercise Indra Navy, according to a message received by Izvestia.
The home port of the distressed ship is Panama. It is located about 180 miles off the coast of Sri Lanka. The crew, with the exception of two crew members, left the tanker and are on life-saving appliances at sea.
A fire started on the tanker, specifies REN TV. A fire broke out in the engine room, but the fire has not yet reached the holds with oil.