Crew member suffers serious burns

A ROMANIAN man is in Ipswich Hospital today after suffering serious chemical burns to his neck, chest and face while cleaning the hold of a boat in Ipswich Docks.

A ROMANIAN man is in Ipswich Hospital today after suffering serious chemical burns to his neck, chest and face while cleaning the hold of a boat in Ipswich Docks.

Paramedics were called to the West Quay Terminal of the docks to treat the man, believed to be in his 30s, after hazardous cleaning chemicals were spilled on to his body at around 9am today.

The man, who is a member of the engine room staff, was working on board the roll-on roll-off freight ferry that runs between Ipswich and Ostend , in Belgium.

The vessel, named Flanders Way, was about to leave Ipswich Docks when the alarm was raised. A colleague of the man gave him basic first aid while they awaited assistance.


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Mike Percival, a spokesman for Ferryways, who operate the vessel, said: "The ship reported that a crew member was covered in some hazardous chemicals as they were about to leave Ipswich.

"They requested medical attention and the paramedics were called."

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A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service said the paramedics wore gloves to treat the man but "could still feel the burn of the chemicals" through them. He said they treated the man with some burns gel on the way to hospital.

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