Turkish crewman dies, three shipmates critical after inhaling ammonia on board tanker, says MMEA

SHAH ALAM (Bernama): A Turkish crewman on a tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) died, and three others are reported in critical condition after they were believed to have inhaled ammonia in international waters off West Port Klang on Tuesday (April 6).

Selangor Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) deputy director (operations) Maritime Commander Norihan Ngah, who confirmed the matter, said the agency was alerted by a shipping agent at about 11pm Tuesday.

Following which, members of the Selangor MMEA, together with the Hazardous Material Unit Team (Hazmat) of the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department, went to the location the tanker, MV Hamburg DW, had anchored, southwest of Pulau Selat Kering, at about 3am wednesday (April 7), to pick up the victims.

Besides the 62-year-old man who died on the tanker, three others - two Turks and an Indian national aged from 28 to 50 years old - were believed to have also inhaled the gas and are in critical condition, Norihan said, adding that the three victims were sent to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang for treatment upon arrival at the Pulau Indah MMEA jetty Wednesday.

The dead crewman's body was also sent to the same hospital for post mortem.

Norihan said the Health Ministry and the police had been notified of the incident. - Bernama

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