Friday, May 23, 2008

Panama Ship Carbon Dioxide Gas Leak Kills 3 Onboard

Carbon dioxide leakage from the Panamanian ship "Hakone" moored on the Chongming island of Shanghai left three foreign crew members dead and 13 others injured, the work safety administration of Shanghai confirmed early Friday morning. The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday when the crew were repairing the ship's carbon dioxide system. The three dead crew members have been initially identified as Filipinos.
All the injured were rushed to hospital, and their physical conditions were stable, sources with the administration said. Shanghai Vice Mayor Ai Baojun and Xiao Guiyu, deputy secretary-general of the municipal government, went to the ship immediately after the incident and visited the injured at the hospital. They asked doctors to spare no effort to treat the injured crew. The names of the ship and dead crew members are not available at the moment.

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