Fuel boat explodes in Port Kaituma, no one hurt
A fuel boat exploded in Canal Bank, Port Kaituma, Region One, yesterday afternoon, but no one was reportedly hurt. The vessel’s captain and five crew members were forced to abandon the blazing vessel.
According to reports, the fire started around 16:00 hrs and there was little that could be done to salvage the boat. It went down after 18:00hrs.
It is believed that the 40-ft. vessel was loaded with several drums of fuel destined for a well-known businessman involved in the fuel business.
Kaieteur News was told that one of the boat’s two engines took in water and the attempts were made to blow it out. This action, however, caused a spark and the resulting conflagration. The captain and crew managed to plunge overboard just before the explosions.
Several persons gathered on the scene but there was little that could be done.
This publication was told that Police were yesterday questioning officials of a Port Kaituma business.