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Falklands FIPASS: explosion incident during maintenance work

Thursday, March 1st 2018 - 09:41 UTC
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The bridge leading to the Falklands Interim Port and Storage System, where the explosion apparently occurred The bridge leading to the Falklands Interim Port and Storage System, where the explosion apparently occurred

Falkland Islands police and Emergency services are investigating an incident with an explosion at the bridge linking the Islands port with land. The following release was made public on Wednesday.

On 27 February at 4:10pm, the police, ambulance and fire service were called to reports of an explosion at the FIPASS bridge. Two male Atlink employees were found at the scene with burn injuries and were taken to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment; a further individual received superficial injuries.

Both men admitted to hospital are stable and will be medic evacuated for specialist treatment. The Falkland Islands Government extends its sympathies to all of the injured men and hopes that they make a swift recovery.

The Royal Falkland Islands Police and the Director of Emergency Services & Island Security are investigating the incident to determine the exact cause of the explosion which took place during maintenance; this work at FIPASS has been temporarily suspended.

The Director of Emergency Services & Island Security has attended the site and has determined that it is safe for use and remains structurally sound.

FIPASS will continue to remain open whilst further enquiries are made and the Falkland Islands Government will work with Atlink to review working practices.

Categories: Falkland Islands.

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  • portman

    wishing the injured workers a speedy recovery. good job the floating dock is only interim and that a permanent and hopefully safer port is in the planning stage. after 30+ years the “I” in FIPASS needs to be developed into a “P” for permanent.

    Mar 01st, 2018 - 11:55 am +1
  • DemonTree

    Will the next headline be Argentina complaining about yet more British planes landing in Brazil for the medivac?

    Mar 02nd, 2018 - 09:43 pm 0
  • Clem

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Mar 10th, 2018 - 05:49 am 0
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