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Fire in fishing vessel 'Urabain' in Puerto Madryn. (Photo: El Diario de Madryn S.A Youtube)

Iberconsa freezer boat caught fire in Madryn port

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Friday, September 08, 2017, 20:40 (GMT + 9)

Since the early afternoon this Thursday, the ship freezer Urabain, owned by the company Iberconsa of Argentina, caught fire while being prepared to set sail to the fishing zone. The trawler fishing for hake hubbsi was moored at the Storni pier. The crew managed to leave the boat except for a sailor who was trapped in his cabin.

Scenes of panic and despair were experienced when the fire and dense smoke gained the hold, and the man shouted for help, glued to the glass of his cabin porthole.

Emergency Rescue

The casualty alert was given at around 2.30 p.m. on Thursday, and firefighters were rapidly deployed from the Prefecture and a request of collaboration was made for the firefighters of the town to enter the dock with further equipment and tanks.

To rescue the trapped crew member a crane that located a specialized welder with equipment called Oxicorte was used, and an opening next to the porthole was made, and through that small hole the sailor, who presented a good general condition, was rescued although in a visible state of panic, and was rushed with an ambulance to the local public hospital.

As soon as the flames had started, and the smoke was coming out of the hold, the crew members who had arrived at the ship, scheduled to leave at 6:00 pm, left by themselves through the bridge to the dock viaduct. Besides, the personnel of the stowage that were working in the supply of the fishing vessel also left on their own.

The fire was not controlled

Iberconsa's Urabain is a freezer boat with trawling gear dedicated to hake fishing. It has its home port in Puerto Madryn and has 79 metres of length and 12 metres of beam. It had moored at the Admiral Storni dock last Tuesday and yesterday it was scheduled to set sail on a new fishing trip.

Last night, different firefighters continued to fight the flames, and at night, the fire could still be seen from afar, and the smoke columns had flooded the town after the wind changed course.

One of the central concerns was focused on the three fuel tanks of the boat that were loaded with diesel.

After the rescue of all the crew, work was done in the cooling from the outside with two PNA coast guards that threw water in the two bands of the boat, while from the dock, other teams continued throwing water to the deck, but the sinister of the hold and bow had already extended backwards, and in the evening, the flames gained the bridge of command due to the different flammable materials that the structure of the boat itself has.

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