New Delhi is in constant touch with Moscow after reports surfaced that Indians were also on the two ships which caught fire in the Kerch Strait.
On media reports regarding Indian nationals affected in ship accident in Kerch Strait, the Official Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs said:
We have been informed that two ships caught fire while moving through the Kerch Strait after one of them was apparently rocked by an explosion on 21 January.
At least 10 sailors have died in the incident, while 12 were rescued and 9 are still missing – according to the Russian Maritime Agency overseeing the rescue operations.
Our Embassy in Moscow is in constant touch with the concerned Russian agencies to get more information on Indian nationals affected in the incident and to extend necessary assistance.”
The rescue operations are underway and many on board have jumped in the sea to escape the blazing fire.
The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport has said that the fire went out of control as there were stormy conditions when the fuel was being pumped from one vessel to another.