Saturday, December 16, 2017

Probe on into blast on boat

An independent investigation is under way to determine what caused an explosion on board a Trinidad Contractors Ltd supply vessel on Friday afternoon.

Taran Sagramsingh, the company’s marine manager, said the incident on board the MV Comanche Arrow was being thoroughly investigated before the vessel is released to the company.

“The independent investigator would come in to conclude the investigation and then the boat would be released,” he said.

Fire officers were also continuing investigations into the explosion.

The vessel, valued at $2 million, was docked near the Trinidad Cement Ltd loading bay in Claxton Bay, where ten workers were conducting repairs.

Three men — Videsh Mohess, John Lambert, and Trevor Henry - were severely injured in the explosion. They were taken to the nearby Augustus Long Hospital at Pointe-a-Pierre.

Mohess, 42, and Lambert, 48, were transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital and later moved to the Intensive Care Unit at Southern Medical Clinic.

Henry remained in stable condition at Augustus Long Hospital.

The Express learned that Mohess, who suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body, and Lambert were still in critical condition last evening.

Trinidad Contractors Ltd were awaiting instructions from doctors on whether the men would should be taken overseas for specialised treatment.