Bodies of two crewmen who died aboard Algerian ship recovered by emergency rescue teams from Bizerte
22/10/2019 22:11, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The bodies of two crew members of an Algerian ship who had died in a tank after inhaling toxic gas H2S were recovered on Tuesday evening by rescue teams from the Civil Protection in Bizerte, salvage master, Captain Marouene Ghazouani told TAP.

"Various means and logistical capacities along with personnel of the civil protection in Bizerte were mobilised for this operation, with the reinforcement of divers from Tunis and after having completed safety procedures for both the Algerian crew and rescue team, both bodies were recovered," he said.

Regional Director of Civil Protection, Captain Kamel Melliti indicated that the services and rescue teams of the Civil Protection in Bizerte were alerted Monday evening by the crew of the Algerian ship after two people died in one of its tanks by inhaling H2S gas.

They mobilised a rescue team for the ship anchored at sea, 2.5 km from the coast to recover the two bodies, he added.

The ship, intended for oil transportation was on a business trip between Algeria and Ukraine.

The two crew members had descended to clean one of the tanks, but they suffered gas suffocation, according to the initial findings of facts, pending the results of the investigation initiated by the competent authorities.

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