Posted on April 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Hong-Kong flagged Bulk Carrier, Great Aspiration, suffered an explosion on board in the afternoon of April the 17th, while transiting through the Celtic Sea near Cornwall, UK.
The incident occurred at approximately 15:15 UTC off Lizard Point.
The United Kingdom Coast Guard received a distress call that confirmed there was an explosion onboard the bulk carrier, that led to three seafarers suffering significant burns across their body.
A search and rescue helicopter arrived soon after in order to take the three injured seafarers, all Chinese nationals, to the Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.
Two of the three injured seafarers were then transported to a specialist burns unit at Swansea due to the extent of their injuries while the third one remained in Derriford.
The Great Inspiration is now moving under its own power to Falmouth where a full damage assessment of the vessel can be conducted.
According to local police, there are no suspicious circumstances regarding the incident, which is most likely the result of an onboard accident.
Initial reports suggest that the explosion took place in the engine room, but there’s no further information at this point in time.
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