One killed, 4 hurt as ship catches fire
16 INDIAN SAILORS EVACUATED SAFELY AFTER FIRE BREAKS OUT FOLLOWING AN EXPLOSION ON THE VESSEL DOCKED AT SHARJAH PORT
16 Indian sailors evacuated safely after fire breaks out following an explosion on the vessel docked at Sharjah’s Al Hamriyah port |
One crew member was killed and four others suffered burns after a fire broke out on a vessel transporting a petroleum product at Al Hamriyah port yesterday morning, Sharjah Civil Defence said.
A massive explosion started the fire and the vessel broke in two.
The operations room was alerted at 5.29am about the fire. Colonel Sami Khamis Al Naqbi, director-general of Sharjah Civil Defence, said the Panamaflagged vessel was carrying a consignment of diesel and was docked at Al Hamriyah port.
It was transporting diesel from the UAE to a foreign destination.
Col Al Naqbi said the accident took place around 5.29am. The captain and his crew were present on the vessel at the time of the incident. Sixteen sailors were evacuated safely.
Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to adjacent ships and also kept the oil from spilling.
Thick, black smoke was still seen billowing from the ship yesterday afternoon.
A Civil Defence team boarded the vessel and found the body of one person and four other sailors with burns.
The injured workers were transferred to Khalifa Hospital in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain hospital and they are in a stable condition.
The sailors, including the deceased and the injured, are Indians aged between 22 and 30.
Col Al Naqbi said 21 workers were on the vessel.
The vessel was handed over to the Sharjah Police who are investigating the incident and a fire expert visited the site to establish the cause of the fire. Dr Ahmad Abu Sada, director of the emergency section at Khalifa Hospital, Ajman, told Gulf
News that three Indian sailors were admitted to the hospital. Two of them sustained 40-60 per cent second degree burns but were stable.
The third sailor sustained fractures and wounds on his face. The fourth sailor was taken to Umm Al Quwain.
The body of the deceased, identified as S.P.P, 22, was shifted to Al Kuwaiti Hospital in Sharjah.
Rashid Al Shamsi, a local resident, told Gulf News that the explosion affected some houses in the area and the ceiling of his house was partially damaged.
The damaged ship and (right) smoke billowing from the burning ship at Al Hamriyah port in Sharjah. The fire started after an explosion and the ship broke in two.