Gas leak on ship near PE leaves one dead and 9 crew injured

One man died and nine others were injured on a ship offshore of Port Elizabeth last night after an apparent gas leak.

The NSRI , paramedics and health officials assisted in the evacuation of the victims on board the Huan Yu 1 travelling from Singapore to the Falkland Islands.

Ian Gray, NSRI Port Elizabeth station commander, said at midday on 25 January 2014 NSRI Port Elizabeth volunteer sea rescue duty crew were placed on alert to rendezvous with the 134 meter refrigeration vessel 3 nautical miles offshore of PE, to evacuate the crew and remove the body of the dead crewman.

At 9.30 pm the duty crew launched the NSRI Spirit of Toft, accompanied by a Transnet National Ports authority health official, the SAP, and EC Government Health EMS paramedics, and met up with the Huan Yu 1.  Nine patients and the body were transferred t from the ship to the rescue boat.

Police detectives boarded the ship to initiate investigations into the reported gas leak accident.  An inquest docket was opened.

The patients were transferred to hospital and the body was handed over to Forensic Patholgy Services.  Gray says the crew men are in stable conditions.

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