Salmon worker dies in feed barge explosion
One person, thought to be male, has died following an explosion on a salmon farm feed raft in south west Norway at the weekend.
He was one of a number of people on the vessel at a Hofseth Aqua breeding facility at Stranda municipality on Friday. Police have confirmed one fatality who has yet to be named and said the next of kin have been informed. The other people on the two storey barge were not thought to have been hurt.
Hofseth said in a statement that it had limited information about the accident and the events leading up to it. But it was working closely with the emergency services and doing everything it could to help them.
It added: “The accident resulted in the loss of one of our talented colleagues. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go to the deceased’s family and our colleagues.”
“What caused the accident is currently unknown, but we have received a report of an explosion at the plant, and that this has had fatal consequences. The police investigation is underway to uncover the causes of the incident.
The next of kin and our employees have our highest priority. We are actively working to handle the situation in the best possible way, and offer all necessary support and assistance to relatives and our employees.”
Police are continuing their inquiries and the incident has been reported to the relevant accident investigation authorities.
Hofseth Aqua (Hofseth Aqua AS) describes itself as a fully integrated and experienced farmer with smolt, sea and slaughter operations all within a two hour distance from each other.