Ilonggo Sailors in UAE Towboat Fire: 1 Dead, 2 Injured

A Filipino seafarer died while two other co-workers were injured in a towboat fire incident within the waters off Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

Authorities say the incident took place in the early hours of the morning on February 23 while the boat was en route to India from Ajman.

The boat had eight crew members — six of the Filipinos and two Indians — when the fire broke out.

The body of the Filipino crew member is now at the mortuary of the Fujairah Hospital.

Another Filipino crew member sustained minor burns while his Indian colleague was brought to the intensive care unit of the hospital.

The Philippine consulate in Dubai and Northern Emirates is currently gathering all information regarding the incident.

The Filipino crew members in the incident are all from Iloilo.

The identity of the fatality was withheld from the media as the family have yet to be informed.