Five Killed By Leak

Five Varun Shipping crew have died after inhaling gas on an LPG carrier off India.

The men were killed by a leak on the 35,559-cbm Maharshi Krishnatreya (built 1991) off Porbandar on Monday.

Another seafarer was airlifted to hospital in the town, where he was said to be in a serious condition on a ventilator.

“It has been reported that the chief officer, gas engineer, a bosun and three seamen were engaged in repairing a damaged pipe in the compressor room and were overcome by gas,” the directorate general of shipping said in statement.

Varun called the navy in Mumbai on Monday morning, saying there were casualties on board the vessel which was en route to the UAE for drydocking.

By the time a medical team reached the vessel, the five men were already dead.

An investigation has begun.

There were 20 crew on the ship.

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