Arson suspected after fatal vessel fire

A fire on a Korean flag ship in CT has claimed the life of a Vietnamese national.

Police believe a Korean flag ship may have been purposefully torched on Cape Town’s harbour. One man died. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre on Sunday said officials were investigating the cause of a fire on board a Korean flag ship, which claimed the life of a man.

The body of the 29-year-old Vietnamese national was found burnt beyond recognition on the vessel on Saturday evening.

Twenty-five other seamen were evacuated to safety.

Spokesperson for the disaster centre, Wilfred Solomons Johannes, said firefighters only managed to extinguish the blaze on Sunday afternoon.

He said "his body was removed and taken to the Salt Rive State Mortuary where a post mortem will be performed. Our firefighters extinguished the blaze and handed the incident over to the National Ports Authority."

The vessel may have been purposefully torched and a case of arson will be probed, police said.

Meanwhile, Solomons Johannes said attempts were being made to inform the Vietnamese government of the incident and transport his remains back to his home.