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Odia sailor among six Indians missing in ship fire off Russia coast

Bhubaneswar: An Odia sailor from Sambalpur is among five other Indian citizens who have remained missing after a major fire broke out on two Tanzanian-flagged ships in the Black Sea off Russia coast.

The crew from Odisha has been identified as Sidhharth Meher, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. His panic stricken family requested the Odisha and Central government to follow up the case and take step for his safe return. His family has received no communication yet from the government, his father said.

Other missing Indians are Neeraj Singh, Sebastian Britto Breezlin Sahayaraj and Anandasekar Avinash and Candy’s Rushikesh Raju Sakpal and Akshay Baban Jadhav.

Six Indians were also killed in the mishap. The Ministry has identified them as Ministry identified the victims as Pinal Kumar Bharatbhai Tandel, Vikram Singh, Sarvanan Nagarajan, Vishal Dod, Raj Debnarayan Pani (from vesse).

Four Indians were rescued: Harish Joi, Sachin Singh, Ashish Ashok Nair and Kamleshbhai Gopalbhai Tandel.

A Ministry statement said the Russian Maritime Agency and Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre Novorossiysk were continuing their efforts to locate those listed as missing.

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