One dead and one injured in tanker accident

Photo by WalSha, courtesy of
Photo by WalSha, courtesy of – Two crew members were airlifted from the Key Fighter following an accident onboard at the weekend.

An accident on September 1 aboard chemical tanker Key Fighter, has left one of its crew dead and one seriously injured.

The two crew members were carrying out work inside a chemical tank onboard the ship while it was docked at Stadlandetin, Norway, when they were found by other crew members. The two unconscious crew were airlifted by rescue helicopter to a nearby hospital where one was pronounced dead.

Initial police reports indicate are that both crew members were exposed to hydrogen sulphide, a toxic gas which in high concentrations, can lead to pulmonary edema, extreme breathing difficulty, sudden unconsciousness and death.

The Key Fighter is a Maltese-registered ship that carries rapeseed oil. According to a report from, the tanker was released later the same day bound for Erith, United Kingdom.

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