Probe launched into deadly Durban harbour ship fire

Six people were killed after a fishing vessel caught fire in Durban harbour on Thursday. PHOTO: Supplied/Rescue Care

Six fishermen died and three more were injured in the fire incident.

The South African Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has launched an investigation into a ship fire that claimed six lives at the Durban harbour.

A Samsa statement said that the vessel, known as the f.v TROPICAL 1, was Mozambique-registered.

“[We are] in the process of formally making contact with the Mozambican authorities to inform them about the incident.”

Six fishermen died and three more were injured in the fire at the Durban harbour, near Belfast Road in the Bayhead area.

Rescue Care operations director Garrith Jamieson told News24 that the fire had started around 2.30pm on Thursday. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Jamieson said that firefighters worked all through the night to put out the fire.

Rescue workers made the gruesome discovery around 2am on Friday.

Three men had earlier been treated on the scene and transported to hospital on Thursday afternoon by Rescue Care paramedics.

– News24

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