Man Dies after Port of Felixstowe Explosion


A man, believed to be a crewmember of K-Line ship Manhattan Bridge, has died after an explosion at the Port of Felixstowe last night (January 19).

Police and ambulance crews were called to the port in Suffolk last night at around 23:45 GMT after reports of a huge explosion at Trinity terminal. Varying reports from residents and social media suggest that the explosion occurred at around 23:10, with one social media user describing the sound as “like thunder going off inside”.

When the emergency services arrived, one man was found dead and another was discovered with serious burns. The survivor was taken to hospital where he is still recovering.   

The blast is thought to have been caused by steam building up in the boiler room of the Manhattan Bridge vessel as it arrived at the Trinity terminal.

There is now set to be a joint investigation between the police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to discover the exact details of the incident.

A port spokesman said they would not be making any further comment at this time.

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