Russian seafarer suffers 90% burns onboard MSC ship

A sailor suffered severe burns yesterday in the Baltic and helicoptered to a hospital in the Polish city of Gdynia.

Local media report the man, a Russian native, was exercising in the gym of the containership MSC Sariska on Sunday morning when a fire broke out. He suffered 90% burns. A helicopter reached the ship within 30 minutes of the master radioing for support.

The seafarer is described as being in a stable condition.

No reason has been given for how the fire started.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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