Crew Suffer Serious Burns After Explosion on Cargo Ship Off Cornwall

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Three crew members were airlifted to hospital from a cargo ship after suffering “significant” burns in an on-board explosion, reports BBC.

What happened?

Coast guard resue team was called to Hong Kong-registered Great Aspiration, off Lizard Point, Cornwall, at 15:15 BST on Wednesday.

The fire in a cargo hold of Great Aspiration, was expected to be caused by welding activities.

A search and rescue helicopter winched three Chinese crew members off the vessel which was enroute from Baltimore, USA, to Falmouth.

They were taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, before being transferred to specialist burns units.

Crew suffered significant burns

In a statement the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The three injured crew are believed to have suffered significant burns.”

The 751ft (229m) ship is now moving from Mount’s Bay to Falmouth where a fuller assessment of the damage to the vessel’s hatches can be made.

The agency said the ship was about 30 miles (48km) south of Lizard Point when the explosion happened and two of the crewmen were transferred to the specialist burns unit at Swansea, while the other remained in Derriford.

Investigation triggered

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch has been informed, along with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s duty surveyor, enforcement and counter-pollution team.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the force has been informed of an explosion in international waters but there was no suggestion of any suspicious circumstances.

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Source: BBC

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