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Incident 66653 - 7 injured on tanker vessel during explosion off the coast of Abu Dhabi

by GEOS IERCC Duty Officer on April 23, 2020

A vessel sailing off the coast of Abu Dhabi suffered an explosion on board, injuring 7 crew members.

An individual on board activated the SOS feature on their inReach device and relayed details of the explosion to Search and Rescue Coordinators at the IERCC via the messaging feature on the device. Search and Rescue Coordinators notified the Abu Dhabi Coast Guard, who dispatched two helicopters to the vessel.

The first helicopter transported four patients who had sustained critical burns and head injuries to Sheikh Shakbout Medical Center, while the second transported three additional patients to another area hospital to be treated for broken bones.