Philippine Navy’s offshore patrol vessel BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) had a fire incident evening of May 7 after it departed Cochin, India for Manila. BRP Ramon Alcaraz is part of Naval Task Force (NTF) 82 with BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602).
“Initial investigation revealed that the fire broke at the main engine room. The ship’s rapid response team was able to put out the fire in 10 minutes. The incident incurred two personnel casualties and minor equipment damages,” the Philippine Navy said.
The Navy added that the two sailors sustained second degree burns.
“The victims are to be airlifted to a naval hospital in Cochin, India for extensive medical attention,” it added.
“Onboard engineers are now assessing the damage to the ship’s main propulsion system to determine whether they can proceed with their voyage or return to India to conduct necessary repairs,” the Navy noted.
“This unfortunate incident could have been worse if not for the promptness of our PN personnel in responding to the fire incident. We recognize the gallant efforts of our personnel in responding to the emergency situation in spite of the dangers involved. Rest assured that the safety and welfare of our personnel is of paramount importance,” the Philippine Navy said.
Naval Task Force (NTF) 82 is ferrying home 200 thousand pieces of donated face masks for th governments fight against COVID-19 and 18 Filipino tourist repatriates who were stranded in India due to the pandemic.