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Water cannon accident kills one, injures three

Investigators are looking into how an OSV undergoing sea trials saw three injured and one die. The Astro Tamoio was performing sea trials in Guanabara Bay near Rio de Janeiro over the weekend when a water cannon went off, aimed at the deck rather than out to sea.

A 23-year-old female crewmember died and another three colleagues were hospitalised. The ship is now anchored while investigators work out how the accident happened.

Normally, any water cannon tests in Brazil have to be carried out in the presence of navy personnel.

The ship is owned Astromaritima Navegacao and is due to launch on October 1.

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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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