LC Western Star

Vanuatu cargo ship fire: safety authority investigating

The authority's commissioner, Less Napuati, said other relevant government institutions such as the environment department were due to fly to Malekula to assess the ship, and how it would affect the people and marine resources of the area.

Eight crew members fled the vessel on Wednesday and by early Thursday local time fire-fighters had extinguished the blaze.

One crew member was injured and flown to Luganville hospital.