After 6 days fighting a fire off the Persian coast, the ship has anchored off Bahrain.
After 6 days fighting a fire off the Persian coast, the ship has anchored off Bahrain. It had 24,000 tons of crude oil on board. Twenty-eight of the crew were picked up by various merchant vessels but twelve are still missing.
Soon on the scene was the survey ship H.M.S. 'DALRYMPLE' operating in the Persian Gulf. The fire was in the forward pump house and between decks. They succeeded in cooling one area at the after end which enabled them to put a fire party on board. Also assisting was the naval T.L.C. H.M.S. 'BASTION' and the frigate 'LOCH RUTHVEN'. The naval crews are still fighting the fire six days later, which is in the tanks both fore and aft.
The work was hampered by the intense heat and fumes. Additional pumps are being sent from the shore, but if the fire does not yield, further equipment may have to be flown out from England.