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Three alive, seven missing after Nigeria oil vessel fire

LAGOS (AFP) – Three crew members on board a Nigerian oil vessel that exploded and sank last week have been found alive while seven were still missing, the ship operator said.

The Nigerian FPSO Trinity Spirit – a floating production, storage and offloading vessel – caught fire following an explosion last Wednesday, but the blaze was extinguished a day
later.

The vessel was located at the Ukpokiti Terminal, along the coast of the oil-rich Niger Delta
region.

Ten crew members were on board the vessel at the time of the accident.

Executive officer Ikemefuna Okafor of Shebah Exploration & Production Company Ltd (SEPCOL), the vessel owner, said late on Sunday “three crew members have been found alive in the community”.

He said the company would ensure they receive the appropriate medical attention.

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