Pinoy dies in cruise ship gas explosion in New Zealand
A Filipino crew member of an Australian cruise ship was killed after a gas canister exploded while the ship was docked in Port Chalmers in New Zealand, reports said.
A report on Sydney Morning Herald on Friday said initial reports state that the crew member was performing maintainance work aboard Emerald Princess when a gas cylinder containing nitrogen exploded on Thursday afternoon (New Zealand time).
St John Ambulance spokesperson Ian Henderson said an ambulance was dispatched to Port Chalmers but the victim was declared "deceased at the scene."
David Jones, corporate communication manager of cruise ship owner Carnival Australia, said they are working closely with local police and other authorities with their investigation.
Emerald Princess arrived before 8 a.m. on Thursday and was meant to sail to Fiordland before heading back to Sydney at 6 p.m. Due to the accident, the cruise ship will sail directly back to Sydney after it's cleared to sail.
Passengers offered their condolences to the Filipino's colleagues who were affected by his death. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News