Two Sailors Die, Eight Hospitalized in Ukrainian Port After Chemical Poisoning

Author: MosNews, Published on: 6 January 2007

A second member of the crew of the cargo ship, the ODISK, which was carrying chemicals from Kerch to Turkey, died of poisoning by unidentified chemical substances...A Russian crewmember died earlier, the agency said. In all, eight crewmembers were taken to a hospital in Livadia, Crimea, one of them in serious condition...The ship...was carrying 2,000 tonnes of ferro-silicomanganese...A team of...experts...detected phosphate vapors in the air and established that the poisoning had been caused by phosphine...“Disregard for safety regulations while transporting and loading toxic substances was the most likely cause of the poisoning...” Alexander Mazilin, the head of the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Ministry’s Crimea Department, said.

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