Posted on February 15, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

Six people have been confirmed dead after a fishing vessel caught on fire in Durban port, South Africa.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 pm, in the afternoon of February the 14th.

KwaZulu-Natal EMS responded to the fire and managed to save three individuals who were immediately transported to a local hospital.

Unfortunately, six people were found dead onboard the ship on Friday.

At the time, three people were transported to the hospital. During the night it was confirmed that six people are deceased due to the fire. The exact circumstances resulting in the fire on board the vessel is not known at this stage and is being investigated by authorities,” said in a statement KZN EMS spokesman, Robert McKenzie.

The firefighters had managed to get the fire under control around 6 pm on Thursday, but the vessel was not deemed safe to board until the early morning hours of the following day

Reportedly, the vessel was in for repairs when the fire broke out.

It’s not yet clear what started the blaze, but local authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.

Posted in Fire , Accident , Safety , South Africa , Africa

If you enjoyed this article sign up to our free weekly newsletter here