Two injured after explosion on board of dredger MTS Explorer off Cornish coast in UK waters. The crew of the dredger reported that compressed air cylinder had exploded and two people on board were injured in the blast. At the scene was sent Newquay Coastguard’s helicopter, which evacuated the injured people and transferred them to the local hospital for medical treatment. It was understood and condition of one of the injured crew was serious.
Also Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat attended and helped to the troubled dredger and secure the vessel.
“UK Coastguard is currently responding to reports of a vessel explosion 2nm South of Dodman Point, Cornwall”m reported the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. “Just before 1pm today, UK Coastguard received a call from a dredging vessel reporting that they’d had an explosion on board. The Newquay Coastguard helicopter and the Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat are currently on scene evacuating the casualties to Derriford Hospital. A Royal Navy Fleet Auxiliary ship and a Fishery Protection vessel are also on scene assisting”, adds the statement.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed of this incident and the investigation was initiated.
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