Monday, January 17

Cargo ship on fire outside Gothenburg – major rescue operation is underway

A powerful fire is raging on a vessel loaded with timber outside Gothenburg. 17 people are on board, and helicopters are ready to evacuate them.

– The captain still does not want to evacuate, we have two helicopters in the area that can lift them all up, says rescue leader Anders Lännholm in the Swedish main rescue center to the news agency TT.

There is no information that anyone from the crew is injured, and they also participate in the firefighting together with several helicopters and boats, Lännholm states.

The message about the fire came at 2.30 pm on Saturday, and at 4 pm the fire was still raging full force.

– It burns more and more. This is a very serious situation, says Lännholm.

He further says that they have sent firefighters who are winched down on a boat before they have to climb up and contribute with the firefighting work.

– The timber in front has started to burn. It burns a lot, about 15 meters with wood burner, he said earlier Saturday.

The vessel is anchored off Vinga, writes Göteborgs-Posten , who is informed by the rescue center that 17 people are on board.

The crew reported the fire at 14.35 on Saturday afternoon, according to Aftonbladet.

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