Inquest told sailor at Felixstowe Port was struck by debris from explosion in boiler room

Felixstowe Port. Picture: MIKE PAGE

Felixstowe Port. Picture: MIKE PAGE - Credit: Archant

A sailor hit by an explosion aboard a ship docked at Felixstowe Port died of multiple injuries, an inquest opening heard.

Celso Banas, 35 and from the Philippines, was working on the Manhattan Bridge ship container terminal when he was killed on January 19 this year.

During the hearing in Ipswich today, Assistant Suffolk Coroner Kevin McCarthy said: “At some point during his shift he was working in the boiler room when an explosion of steam caused debris to fly all over the place and Mr Banas was struck by debris.

“He was pronounced dead by paramedic Peter Simpson at approximately 11.30pm.”

A post-mortem examination gave the medical cause of death as multiple injuries.


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A Suffolk Constabulary investigation is ongoing, with officers working alongside the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other agencies

Another man was reportedly severely burned during the explosion, which happened shortly after 11pm and could be heard as far as 10 miles away.

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The inquest was adjourned to July 28 for further review.

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