According to US Coast Guard officials, a 55 year old crew member of the containership Jupiter suffered third degree burns while attempting to put out a fire that ignited aboard the ship 30 miles west of San Diego. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to airlift the man from to UC San Diego Medical Center Saturday afternoon.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Henry Dunphy told the AP the cause of the fire was unknown and that other crew members aboard the Jupiter were able to extinguish the fire.
The ship is a 33,917 DWT Liberian-flagged containership built in 2001 and was enroute from Long Beach to Mazatlan, Mexico at the time of the incident. The ship is owned by the German company JUPITER BETEILIGUNGS and was detained in Rotterdam in 2010 for having a defective fire detection and alarm system.