Death toll rises to three from blast on drillship offshore Brazil

The death toll from a blast on a Petrobras drillship offshore Brazil has risen to three.

A boiler explosion occurred on Friday on the NS-32 vessel on Friday in the Marlim Field in the northeast part of Campos Basin, about 110km off of Rio de Janeiro.

Ericson Nascimento de Freitas, aged 29, died on Friday. Jorge Luiz Damiao, 44, died on Saturday. Eduardo Aragao de Lima, 33, died on Sunday. A fourth person was less badly injured and has been sent home from hospital.

Initial reports said just that four people were injured, three with burns, one with mild injuries.

That later was upgraded to one fatality and three injured.

NS-32 is being operated under charter by Odebrecht Oleo e Gas, a division of Brazilian engineering, construction and chemicals conglomerate Odebrecht.

Brazil’s state oil firm Petrobras said that there was no subsequent fire from the blast and no leakage happened.

Authorities have begun an investigation into the cause of the blast.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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