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Three seriously injured after explosion on-board Chinese vessel off Cornwall coast

Three crew members had to be evacuated by the Coastguard following an explosion on board a Chinese vessel off the coast of Cornwall. Credit: PA

Three crew members have been seriously injured after an “explosion” on board a Chinese vessel off the coast of Cornwall.

The casualties, who are reported to be Chinese nationals, were evacuated from the bulk carrier Great Aspiration by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

They were initially airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth but have since been transferred to a specialist burns unit outside of Devon and Cornwall, where they remain in a serious condition.

Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News West Country

The ship was anchored off-shore at Mount’s Bay following the incident but is now making its way to Falmouth under its own power, the Coastguard have confirmed.

Police say there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances relating to the incident.

We have been informed of an explosion on-board Chinese bulk carrier ‘Great Aspiration’ in international waters last night.

This incident resulted in injuries to three crew members who were initially taken to Derriford Hospital, before being transferred to specialist burns units outside of Devon and Cornwall; all three remain in hospital and all have suffered serious burn injuries.

The vessel is currently anchored off-shore at Mount’s Bay for further enquiries to be completed by the Chinese authorities with support from Coastguard; Devon and Cornwall Police will assist if required.

There is currently no information to suggest there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident.

– Devon and Cornwall Police