Japan: Fire aboard freighter in Wakkanai port leaves 6 Russian crew dead, 3 injured – 170513 1720z

Six bodies found after fire on ship in Japan

“TOKYO Six bodies, suspected to be those of Russian crew members, were found aboard a cargo ship that caught fire on Thursday while anchored in a Japanese port, a coastguard and news reports said.

Fire took hold of the 497-tonne Cambodian-registered freighter, Taigan, which has been in the port of Wakkanai in northern Japan since Tuesday, said an official at the local coastguard office.

A total of 23 Russian and Ukrainian crew members were on the ship, which had transported crabs from a Sakhalin port. Six of them — all Russian — had been unaccounted for, the coastguard said.

“We have found six bodies in the ship and are now identifying them,” the official said, adding that two other crew members were hospitalised for burns but neither was in a life-threatening condition.

Local reports said the six victims were the missing Russian crew members.

The fire was put out by early Thursday afternoon, the official added.” – AFP 160513

NHK WORLD 6 dead in freighter fire at Wakkanai

Six sailors were found dead after a fire on a foreign freighter docked at a port in Hokkaido, northern Japan.
The sailors are presumed to be Russians.

The incident occurred on the Cambodian-registered ship “Taigan” docked at Wakkanai port.

Authorities were alerted of the fire at around 1:45 AM on Thursday. Firefighters and Japan Coast Guard patrol boats were deployed. The emergency personnel took 11 hours to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters said they found 6 male bodies inside the vessel. Police have yet to confirm their identities, but they believe they are the 6 Russian crew members still unaccounted for.

23 Russian and Ukrainian crewmembers were on board the vessel. Three are being treated at a hospital for burns and other injuries.

Japanese Police are questioning the captain of the ship as part of their investigation.

The freighter entered the port on Tuesday carrying a load of Russian crabs.

May 16, 2013 – Updated 07:32 UTC

Six bodies of sailors found in a burned-out ship at the Japanese port of Wakkanai

ruvr.ru May 16, 2013 11:05 Moscow Time

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Six people were killed on Thursday as a result of a fire that broke out on the ship “Taigan” carrying Russian-Ukrainian crew, which had docked at the Japanese port of Wakkanai. The bodies of those dead were found by rescuers, said the local branch of the Japanese Maritime Safety department.

The fire on the ship, which lasted more than 11 hours has been extinguished. After the start of the fire most of the crew, including the captain left the ship. Three sailors were taken to hospital, their lives are reportedly out of danger. Currently, the Japanese authorities, together with the captain of the ship are investigating into cause of the incident.

The ship “Taigan” with a capacity of 497 tons was docked at Wakkanai on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido on May 14th with the flag of Cambodia flying on its deck. The ship was carrying a load of crabs from the port of Korsakov of Sakhalin Oblast in Russia. Initially the ship had a crew of 14 Russians and 4 Ukrainians on board. In Wakkanai they were joined by five more Russians.” – ruvr.ru

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Published on 16 May 2013

Six Russian crew members have died in a fire aboard their freighter which was docked at a northern Japanese port. The Taigan caught fire just after 1 a.m. on Thursday. It took about 12 hours for firefighters to put out the blaze. (May 16)

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