Written by Staff Writer at CNN
(CNN) — At least five containers fell from a B.C. cargo ship Friday and burst into flames off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, according to the Canadian Coast Guard.
The capsized B/V Kelonia has been floating since Thursday night off the coast of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, according to the Coast Guard.
A fisherman spotted the seafaring disaster, which also left one person with minor injuries, the Coast Guard said.
“Crew members aboard the crewmembers observed the containers that had fallen, some of which were already fully engulfed in flames. They were able to quickly evacuate all of the crew members,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
The Coast Guard said one of the burned-out, crumpled containers was “carrying hazardous material.” An investigation into the cause is underway.
The call for help from the captain of the Kelonia came in at about 5:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. ET) on Thursday. The Coast Guard said the ship’s position was within three nautical miles of the shore.
“Luckily, our personnel were able to work together to get the salvors on scene quickly and got the cargo ships escorting cargo off that vessel,” said Kevin Maher, a spokesman for the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
Maher said the cargo ship carried much larger cargo than the containers that fell overboard, including goods used in construction.