The vessel had departed from San Lorenzo, in Argentina and had as destination the Spanish port of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands
Two crew members of a ship with the flag of the Marshall Islands died Thursday in Brazilian marine waters after inhaling toxic gas in the basement of the ship and three others were referred to local hospitals in a state of intoxication, according to the authorities.
The merchant ship AP Dubrava, which had left San Lorenzo, in Argentina, and had as destination the Spanish port of Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands, was carrying a shipment of soybeans and was about 300 kilometers from the coast of the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo.
The survivors, two Ukrainians and one Russian, were rescued by a helicopter from the Brazilian Navy and taken to hospitals in Vitoria, the regional capital, where some type of head injury was ruled out, according to the Harbor Master’s Office, which did not report the nationality of the two deceased.
The distress request was issued by the ship’s commander, the captain identified as Juan Knego, and retransmitted to the Brazilian Navy by the maritime agency Orion Rodos, who was in charge of receiving the message.
Two of the three wounded were unconscious at the time of being helped by the Brazilian rescuers.
The Federal Police, in charge of the investigations, suspects that the five crew members inhaled carbon dioxide, gas used in the cleaning system of the ship.
The ship’s commander asked the Brazilian authorities for a three-day authorization to block and remain in Vitoria, with the purpose of recomposing the tribulation, facilitating the investigations and monitoring the clinical evolution of the wounded.
The company responsible for the vessel, the Croatian Atlantska Plovidba, issued two releases to the market on Thursday, through the Stock Exchange of Croatia, which reported on the accident in Brazilian waters and reported the measures taken by the commander to make in front of the situation.