NEW DELHI- The crew of a Pakistani fishing boat blew up and sank their vessel after trying to avoid capture at the hands of the Indian navy in a high-speed chase at sea, officials said today.

According to sources, all four people are believed to have been killed in the dramatic episode in the Arabian Sea on New Year’s Eve.

Indian Coast Guard ships and aircraft tried to intercept the boat near the maritime border with Pakistan, around 365 kilometers from the coastal state of Gujarat.

“However, the boat increased speed and tried to escape away from the Indian side of maritime boundary. The hot pursuit continued for nearly one hour,” a defence ministry statement added.

Although the boat did eventually stop after warning shots were fired, the crew then hid themselves below deck before setting the boat on fire which triggered a large explosion.