Burning Russian trawler overturns and sumbmerged in Norwegian port
A Russian fishing trawler which caught fire in Norway on Wednesday has overturned and is mostly submerged, pictures from the scene show.The decision was made to overturn the vessel to prevent yet more smoke clogging the air in surrounding areas, BBC reports.
It is not yet known what caused the fire.
Firefighters reportedly said the blaze began at the stern, then spread to fishing nets. But police have not confirmed this and are still investigating, Norwegian media say.
Norwegian police say all 29 crew members from the trawler, the Bukhta Nayezdnik, are safe, having been evacuated on Wednesday around 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT).
Two have been receiving treatment for smoke inhalation, according to local reports.
Police say emergency services cooled a large tank of ammonia inside the trawler - a gas which can cause skin burns and is dangerous to inhale. They believe this will lessen the risk of an explosion, media reports say.