Sunday, January 21, 2018

Boat explosion victims need blood

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Smoke coming from the supply vessel MV Comanche Arrow last week, after an explosion happened while the vessel was docked off Claxton Bay. Photo:Dexter Philip


The two men critically injured in a boat explosion last week are in need of blood. Trinidad Contractors Ltd officials said the men - Videsh Mohess and John Lambert - suffered severe burns about their bodies. "They are in urgent need of blood and we are asking for persons to donate to the blood bank," an official said.

The men were transferred from the San Fernando General Hospital to the Intensive Care Unit at the Southern Medical Clinic on Friday night.

The third victim, Trevor Henry, remains in stable condition at the Augustus Long Hospital, Pointe a Pierre.

Taran Sagramsingh, the company's marine manager, said the company was awaiting instructions by doctors on whether the men would require specialised treatment abroad.

The injured men were among several Trinidad Contractors Ltd employees conducting repairs onboard supply vessel MV Comanche Arrow docked at the Trinidad Cement Limited loading port in Claxton Bay on Friday afternoon when the explosion occurred.

Mohess suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body.

Investigations were underway yesterday to determine what caused the blaze. The Express was told that 75 per cent of the vessel, valued at $2 million, was destroyed.

Company officials said an independent investigation into the explosion is expected to be completed this week.