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  •   Home > News > Environment

    Fishing ship blaze in Timaru almost out

    Fire teams expect to finish putting out a blaze on a fishing vessel on Tuesday, after it broke out on a fishing vessel in Timaru's port more than one week ago.


    Fire teams expect to finish putting out a blaze on a fishing vessel on Tuesday, after it broke out on a fishing vessel in Timaru's port more than one week ago.

    The 80-metre ship Dong Won 701 caught fire in the evening of April 9.

    After days battling the blaze, crews boarded the ship over the weekend to help extinguish the last two fires on board by starving them of oxygen.

    Now four firefighting crews were re-opening the vessel to get at its last hotspots

    They would also keep pumping water off the ship, Fire and Emergency New Zealand's Steven Greenyer says

    "That will help us to keep the ship afloat and means we can use more firefighting water on board if we need it," he said.

    However, he hoped it wouldn't be needed, because the fire was close to being completely out.

    He also hoped to hand the vessel to Transport Accident Investigation Commission investigators on Tuesday or Wednesday so they could begin their work discovering what led up to the fire.


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