Delta vessel explosion: Three crew members found alive

Three members of the crew of the oil vessel that detonated in Delta State have been discovered alive.

This was confirmed in a statement issued by Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL) management on Sunday, February 6, just days after the FPSO vessel ‘Trinity Spirit’ detonated.

When the ship detonated, ten people were thought to be on board.

On Sunday, the company’s Chief Executive Officer Ikemefuna Okafor provided an update on the incident, saying that while three crew members were rescued alive, they discovered one unidentified dead body near the FPSO.

The statement read;   “We can confirm that three (3) crew members have been found alive in the community and our priority is to ensure that they receive the appropriate medical attention they need.

Furthermore, in the early hours of Sunday 6th February 2022, one dead body was discovered in the vicinity of the FPSO. The identity of the dead body is yet to be ascertained.

“As earlier confirmed, the fire burnt out completely as of Thursday afternoon, 3rd Feb. 2022, thus enabling closer inspection of the vessel.

A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) with the relevant authorities, stakeholders and expert organisations took place on Saturday, 5th February 2022.

“The focus of our joint efforts is to prioritise investigations towards establishing the whereabouts, safety, and security of the 7 crew members still missing, clean up and limit damage to the environment, and establish the cause of the explosion.

“We appreciate the assistance provided by the Clean Nigeria Associates, the Chevron team, NOSDRA, NUPRC, SPDC, NIMASA and people in the community, particularly the fishermen, who have been of immense assistance since the incident occurred.

” The company urged members of the public to continue to keep away from the area while its Crisis Management Team monitors developments in the investigations and updates all stakeholders with new information accordingly.

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