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Ghana: Navy rescues crew from burning vessel

Navy rescues crew from burning vessel
17 January 2018

The Eastern Naval Command of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on Sunday, 14 January, 2018, rescued six crew members on board a vessel called MV Synagogue, which caught fire on the territorial waters of Ghana.

One crew member sustained serious burns and is currently receiving treatment at the 37 Military Hospital.

The fire is believed to have started from the engine room.

The Acting Commander of the GNS Bonsu, Lieutenant Eric Agyei, narrating the incidence to the press said: “About 10:15 hours, we sighted the vessel. About 09:20hours, the flag officer commanding Eastern Naval Command, sailed CNS Class Sampa Nunoo with two medical personnel onboard to search and rescue a crew of MV Synagogue.

“At about 10:15hours, we sighted the vessel which was burning. Upon searching the scene, it was observed the crew had abandoned ship and had taken shelter onboard a sister ship by name MV Nataraj. CNS Class Sampa Nunoo went along MV Nataraj and we brought the crew on board.

“In all, they were six crew all Ghanaians including the captain. All of them were in good condition except one who has sustained severe burns and needed immediate medical attention. The one injured was taken onboard an ambulance to the Tema General Hospital and later referred to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment. The fire started from the engine room, but as to what started the fire, it is the injured person who can say because he was in the engine room, so the cause of the fire as at now cannot be ascertained.”