Four crew members of a cargo ship flying the flag of the Bahamas were poisoned by fumigations on board the ship Thursday off Finistère and one of them died, announced on Friday the maritime prefecture of the Atlantic.
The 88-meter-long freighter Fri Dolphin, carrying corn, alerted the maritime authorities in the early evening Thursday when it was 60 nautical miles (111 km) southwest of Lanvéoc (Finistère), said the prefecture. maritime in a press release. Leaving from Sables d'Olonne, the ship was heading for Hull, England, with its seven crew members.
The Samu medical team, hoisted on board in particularly bad weather conditions, could only note the death of one of the four intoxicated sailors, specifies the maritime prefecture. Unable to be towed due to poor sea conditions with waves of 6 to 9 meters, the three other sailors, whose state of health was stable, joined Brest aboard their cargo ship the night before being evacuated to the Cavale Blanche hospital.
Among the crew members of the freighter, six are of Russian nationality and one of Lithuanian nationality, said the maritime prefecture. The deceased sailor was of Russian nationality and was 42 years old. The other three victims, including the Lithuanian sailor, are 56, 49 and 32 years old. A technical investigation by the Bahamas Sea Bureau of Investigation and Analysis (BEA), assisted by the French BEA, was opened to determine the technical circumstances of this tragedy, said the maritime prefecture.
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