One Dies, Three Injured in Explosion aboard Bulker

One crewmember died and three suffered massive burns in an explosion aboard the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Tamar while the vessel was some 1,300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, according to the United Stated Coast Guard.

The captain of the 623-foot ship reported the explosion in the ship’s forward storeroom at around 7 am to the watchstanders at the Coast Guard command center.

The fire resulting from the explosion was extinguished and the cause of the incident is unknown.

USCG informed that the 56,600 dwt ship’s engineering plant was unaffected and the crew continued their transit to the Azores, Portugal. Their last port of call was Baltimore.

The Canadian Coast Guard has diverted two warships with physician assistants and the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing launched an HC-130 aircrew with six pararescuers and one combat rescue officer. Once at the scene, the pararescuers will jump from their HC-130 with a small boat and advanced life-saving equipment to provide medical treatment for the crewmembers abord the vessel, operated by Slovenia-based Splošna Plovba.

The First Coast Guard District is responsible for 1,300 miles of offshore search and rescue area. After 1,300 miles, the Portuguese Coast Guard assumes coordination authority for cases east of the boundary.

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