Friday, June 24, 2005
The Uruguayan firemen found remains of 11 crew members, including nine Chinese, of Ukrainian ship Simaiz, which caught fire in Montevideo harbor, Fire Department Public Relations Chief Jorge Roqueta told reporters. An Indonesian crew member and the Ukrainian captain of the shipwere also killed, Roqueta said, adding that it is difficult to identify the bodies as they are completely charred. The Uruguayan official said the cause of the fire is still unclear and that experts have started their investigation. Firemen continued to cool down the Simaiz and planned to tow itaway, he said. The fishing vessel, with 39 crew members on board, was docked in pier 11 when it caught fire.