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14 dead as two ships carrying Indian crew catch fire off Russia

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At least 14 people have died in a fire that broke out on Monday on board two ships, carrying a total of 32 members of crew on board, including 15 Indians, near the Kerch Strait that separates Russia and Crimea, local media reports said, quoting emergency officials.
 
"Fourteen are dead," the reports quoted Crimean emergency officials as saying.
 
They said as many as 12 people were rescued, while six were said to be still missing. Search and rescue efforts are underway.
 
The two ships, Maestro and Candy, flying the Tanzanian flag, caught fire outside of Russian territorial waters. The reports suggested that the fire started when fuel was being pumped from one vessel to the other.
 
While Candy had a crew of 17, including eight Indians and nine Turkish nationals, Maestro had 15 crew on board, including seven Indians, seven Turkish nationals and one from Libya.
 
The officials hoped to be able to bring the rescue sailors to the shore by noon local time as winds in the area calmed down.
 
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