One person dies in fire on Russian ship in Caspian Sea (UPDATE 4)

Society Materials 23 April 2016 13:20 (UTC +04:00)

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, Main Emergency Department in Russia's Astrakhan region told Trend Apr. 23.

"The tanker's crew consisted of 10 Russian nationals and one Kazakh national," said the department adding that the nationality of the dead person is not clear yet.

Ten crew members have already been evacuated to OPTIMAFLOT 2 ship, according to the department.

RIA Novosti agency reported earlier that the burning tanker's home port is the Russian city of Astrakhan.

The agency added that 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.