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Cargo vessel towed for repairs

Cargo vessel towed for repairs
A Greek cargo ship damaged by a fire that killed nine crew members in the Caribbean is being towed to Houston for repairs.

A Greek cargo ship damaged by a fire that killed nine crew members in the Caribbean is being towed to Houston for repairs.

A Greek cargo ship damaged by a fire that killed nine crew members in the Caribbean is being towed to Houston for repairs, Venezuelan authorities said Saturday.

Officials initially said the Aegean Wind would be taken to Venezuela's Margarita Island. But Adm. Carlos Maximo Aniasi Turchio, the navy commander, said the Greek government authorized the ship to be towed to the Texas port, its original destination.

Rafael Lugo, commander of Venezuela's Maritime support and rescue agency, said 10 surviving crew members, including the captain, and the bodies of the dead were still on board because rough seas made it tricky to evacuate the vessel.

Five crew members who suffered burns were flown by Venezuelan military helicopter to Margarita Island after Friday's fire. The admiral described them as in stable condition.

The Aegean Wind was carrying more than 37,000 tons of iron ore from Brazil to Houston when the blaze broke out before dawn about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from La Blanquilla island, some 350 kilometers (217 miles) northeast of Caracas.

The cause had not been determined.

Six of the dead were from the Philippines, and three were from Greece.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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