Posted on July 19, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Marshall Islands-flagged Bulk Carrier, AP DUBRAVA had to interrupt her transit through the South Atlantic after a fatal accident on board the vessel saw two seafarers lose their lives.
The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, while the vessel was in transit from San Martin, Argentina, to Las Palmas, Canary Islands, some 150 nautical miles off the coast of Brazil.
According to the ship’s agent, five of the crewmen on board the AP Dubrava were in the process of cleaning the piping system on the vessel when the tragic accident occurred.
As a result, three of the seafarers were seriously injured, while two others lost their lives in the process. The crew of the bulker tried to resuscitate the unfortunate seafarers under the instruction of a shore-based medical professional but ultimately failed.
The vessel proceeded to ask for help from the nearby Brazilian authorities, but the rescue helicopter was considerably delayed due to the adverse weather conditions present in the area and the relative distance from the shore.
Following the incident, the bulker diverted course to Vitoria. Thankfully, a navy helicopter managed to medevac the three injured seafarers on Thursday afternoon. They are currently in intensive care and are receiving oxygen therapy.
The dead seafarers, both Croatian nationals, will be examined by the local authorities in Vitoria, in order to determine the exact cause of death.
An investigation has been opened into the incident so as to determine the reason behind the accident.
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