The coast guard mentioned the Fremantle, which had departed from the German port of Bremerhaven, had been towed out of transport lanes and will sink. It was 27 km (17 miles) north of the Dutch island of Ameland when the fireplace began.
The hearth unfold so rapidly that seven crew members jumped overboard, mentioned Willard Molenaar of the Royal Dutch Rescue Company (KNRM), which was among the many first on the scene.
Molenaar informed Dutch broadcaster NOS some folks have been injured leaping the great distance down into the water, whereas one crew member had died within the flames.
“There was lot of smoke and the fire spread quickly, much faster than expected,” he mentioned. “The people on board had to get off quickly … We fished them out of the water.”
A helicopter airlifted the remaining folks from the 23-member crew off the burning ship. The injured have been being handled for respiratory issues, burns, and damaged bones, native Dutch authorities mentioned.
Coast guard spokesperson Edwin Granneman mentioned salvage specialists have been making an attempt to work out the following steps for the burning ship.
Shoei Kisen, the Japanese ship leasing firm that manages the Fremantle, mentioned it was working with the Dutch authorities to extinguish the fireplace.
The 10-year-old ship, measuring about 200 meters (656 toes) in size, can carry as many as 4,000 vehicles, in line with information compiled by Bloomberg
Car service fires
The incident was the most recent of a number of fires in latest instances on automobile carriers.
Earlier this month, two New Jersey firefighters have been killed and 5 injured battling a blaze on a cargo ship carrying a whole bunch of autos.
A hearth destroyed 1000’s of luxurious vehicles on the Felicity Ace, which sank off the coast of Portugal’s Azores islands in March 2022.
Reuters and Bloomberg contributed to this report