Vessel Catches Fire, 1 Missing

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On April 18, a crew member was reported missing while two others were injured when a fire reportedly broke out onboard an oil and gas drilling vessel.

What happened?

A fire broke out onboard an oil and gas drilling vessel ‘Ocean Geos’ following an explosion off Kuala Baram waters. The fire resulted in the missing of a crew member and injuring two crew members identified as Muhammad Hafiz Ismail, 36, and Khairul Isma Ismail, 35.

One crew member sustained 20 percent burns while another crew member suffered burn injuries to his face. search is on for the missing Malaysian crew members.

Search and Rescue

Miri Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency director Captain Md Fauzi Othman said, “Two MMEA boats, Penggalang 23 and KM Siakap, and two other ships, Hisyam 8 and Neoptro 18, were dispatched to location searching for the missing victim. Out of the 39 crew members, six of them were foreigners (five Indonesian nationals and a Thai national)”.

The firefighters were able to extinguish the fire outside the vessel but efforts are ongoing to contain the blaze raging inside the vessel. Efforts by firefighters to enter the vessel to rescue remaining crew members were hampered due to the emission of poisonous gas.

Situation closely monitored

The Petronas Emergency Response Team (ERT) has been closely monitoring the incident, including working closely with the relevant authorities to investigate the case.

The company has stressed that the safety of its employees and areas where they operate are of highest priority level.

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Source: NST Online

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