Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ship fire kills 8, injures 49 in Indonesia - 28th Sept 2011

Eight people were killed and at least 49 others injured when a fire took place in a passenger ship at a seaport in Surabaya, capital of East Java on Wednesday morning, rescuer and officials said.

The fire on the Kirana Sembilan ship occurred on Wednesday morning when a truck in the ship was burned down, which triggered panic among the passengers and they immediately rushed out of the ship, Head of the Search and Rescue Office in East Java who goes with single name Sutrisno told Xinhua by phone.

"Eight people were killed and tens of others wounded after being trodden by others during the escape from the ship," official at the Tanjung Perak seaport Pangestuti told Xinhua by phone.

She said that the accident took place at about six o'clock local time when the ship was still in the seaport before departure.

Manager at the nearby PHC Tanjung Perak Hospital Harry Setiawan told Xinhua by phone that as many as 49 people had been rushed to the hospital.

"Fourteen of the 49 people got serious injuries like broken bones and bruise, and four are being treated at the insensitive care unit. The number of wounded could rise as the people keep bringing them here now," he said.

The head of the rescue office said that the fire had been put out.

Taking ship is a favorite transport means in the archipelago country with over 17,500 islands, but accident frequently happens due to the lacking of safety standards. Source