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Seafarer Centre Helps 50 Seafarers Affected by Ship Fire

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Friday 10 October 2014

The seafarer centre in Fremantle, Australia is helping crew affected by a fire aboard the world's largest cattle carrier.

The Ocean Drover caught fire in Fremantle Port close to the seafarer centre on Thursday morning. One crew member is in a critical condition in hospital after trying to fight the fire. Some of the seafarers were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. Fr Denis Claughton from the Mission to Seafarers seafarer centre is visiting the seafarers who are in hospital.

Many of the crew are being looked after by the seafarer centre who are feeding and housing them. More than 45 of the crew are affected by smoke inhalation. Col Brown from the seafarer centre said the crisis was stretching them to the limit but they are coping.

ISWAN has offered assistance through its Seafarers Emergency Fund. There were no animals on the ship when it caught fire.

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