The longliner fishing vessel Jordan No 5 caught fire on 260 nautical miles South-East off Port Louis, Mauritius in Indian Ocean. The vessel was operating and fishing, when the ice generator inflamed from short circuit. The fire extended to the engine compartment and enlarged, as crew was unable to get control over it. The 16 crew members sent distress signal to the local rescue coordination center and abandoned the vessel into a liferaft. Several commercial and fishing vessels, as well as the Coast Guard vessel from Mauritius headed for the scene of the accident. The fishing ship Jordan No 5 was almost completely burned and in big danger of capsizing, but salvage was not possible.
The Maltese tanker Captain John rescued seven survivors from the life raft and another two from the water, while the Bahamas flag bulk carrier Lyric Sun rescued another seven fishermen. All the rescued people were in good health and without injuries. The fishing ship Jordan No 5 was still burning and in big danger of capsizing.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the fire, as well as monitoring of the scene of the fire for oil leak and pollution. Now there is not report for leaks, but on board of the vessel there is several tons of fuel and unknown quantity of freon.
The fishing ship Jordan No 5 is operating under the flag of Taiwan and has overall length of 26.00 m, moulded beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m.