One person dies in fire on Russian ship in Caspian (UPDATE 3)

Society Materials 23 April 2016 13:08 (UTC +04:00)

Headline changed, details added (first version posted on 11:32)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 23


One crew member died on the burning Russian PALFLOT 2 tanker in the Caspian Sea, RIA Novosti reported Apr. 23 citing an emergency services source.

The victim is a citizen of Kazakhstan, according to preliminary data. The tanker's crew consisted of sailors from Russia and Kazakhstan.

The tanker's home port is the Russian city of Astrakhan, according to the agency.

Data about the number of people on the board varies. RIA Novosti says the tanker had 11-member crew, while Russian Emergency Ministry's Southern Regional Centers says there were 18 crew members.

The agency's source said there were no oil products on the tanker, adding that it was filled with ballast - water.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan's Emergency Ministry,which joined the efforts to extinguish the fire, plans to send a boat and two helicopters to the scene for further assistance. Also, another aircraft is prepared to fly from Russia's Rostov to the scene, Russian Emergency Ministry's Southern Regional Center said.