Haldia, Apr 22 UNI | 3 months ago

Two crew of an Indonesian cargo ship died and as many fell sick during unloading of coal at the sand-head of Haldia dock in West Bengal's East Midnapur, police and hospital sources said today.

A preliminary report said the four crew members fell sick after inhaling methane gas during unloading of coal from 8000-ton private cargo Indonesian ship last night midnight.

The Haldia Coast Guard, after being informed of the incident, evacuated the sick crew and admitted them to Haldia hospital where two of them were declared dead, officers at the Durgachok police station said.

The two sick crew were admitted to Haldia Sub-divisional Hospital.

The vessel was anchored near the sand-head of the Haldia dock complex and coal was being unloaded in barges or small ships.

The dead crew were Chinese nationals, preliminary report said. Their bodies had been sent for post-mortem.

The imported coal was being unloaded for NTPC.

(Posted on 22-04-2014)