The captain, his wife, the chief engineer, and a seaman were killed Sept 13 when the Italian oil tanker "Rosa Pellegrino" (1,560 tons) exploded while discharging cargo at Port Marghera, two miles from Venice, Italy.
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LV DITTO, firemen pour foam onto water
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LV Fire on water around bows
LV Fire races as ship sinks to water level
LV Fire on water, surrounded by foam
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SV Fireman pours water onto petrol pipes
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LV PAN UP..blazing water above the now sunken ship. PAN UP column of smoke
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LV Oil storage tanks
SV Firemen and other port officials
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Background: The captain, his wife, the chief engineer, and a seaman were killed Sept 13 when the Italian oil tanker "Rosa Pellegrino" (1,560 tons) exploded while discharging cargo at Port Marghera, two miles from Venice, Italy.
Bursting into flames, the ship split in half and sank. Members of the crew jumped into the water and were rescued by launches from another vessel. Several are still reported missing.
Firemen were called in from a wide area to fight the inferno which at one time threatened the whole oil storage harbour. Fire-boats used foam extensively to prevent burning oil from floating through the lagoon to Venice.
After several hours, firemen succeeded in extinguishing the blaze. But the "Rosa Pellegrino" was pronounced too badly damaged to make salvage worthwhile.