Cargo ship from Charleston abandoned after explosion, fire

MSC Flaminia (Source: Flickr)
MSC Flaminia (Source: Flickr)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crewmembers of a shipping vessel that recently left Charleston were forced to abandon their ship after an explosion and subsequent fire in a cargo hold in the mid-Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.

According to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the United Kingdom, the Falmouth Coastguard responded to a mayday call made by crewmembers of the MSC Flaminia around 10 a.m.

Authorities say an oil tanker, DS Crown, responded to the area and found the Flaminia still burning. A release states 24 people were recovered from a lifeboat, four of whom were suffering from injuries.

The British Broadcasting Corporation reported on Sunday that one of the injured crewmembers died from burns.

Another crew member was reported missing. The Crew of the MSC Flaminia include German, Polish and Filipino nationals, officials said.

South Carolina Ports Authority records show the Flaminia left Charleston on July 8.

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