Paradip: Eight fishermen had a close shave after a fishing boat caught fire in the Bay of Bengal near Astaranga in Puri district on Sunday.
Reportedly, the fishermen from Paradip had gone fishing when the boat ‘Bhagirathi-3’ caught fire. All of them jumped into the sea and were later rescued by another boat.
While the exact reason for the fire mishap is yet to be ascertained, it is suspected that a short circuit in the boat’s engine led to the mishap.
It is pertinent to mention that another boat ‘Sri Laxminarayan’ had also caught fire at Paradip on Saturday. Eight fishermen in the boat had escaped with minor injuries.