Crew members lost in Aqua Amazon explosion

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  • Accident to the Aqua Amazon
  • Crew members still missing

aqua amazonThe number of crew members lost in the accident to the Aqua Amazon has risen to seven.

Aqua Expeditions Founder and CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro said in a wirrten statement: Following the tragic incident involving the Aqua Amazon on Saturday, July 16, all of our efforts at Aqua Expeditions have been focused on finding the members of our crew who were on board at the time of the accident and were reported missing after the explosion that caused the vessel to capsize. Many of the crew have been with me from 2007 when we started. I considered them dear friends, not just employees. It was first thought that four crew were unaccounted for, however, this figure rose to five on Sunday night when another crew member could not be located. In addition, there are two external suppliers who are also victims, bringing the total missing to seven people. As of 17:00 EST Monday, July 18, two of the victims have been identified and recovered. Five more remain to be found. There are an additional eight crew members in recovery in the hospital following the explosion. Three are in intensive care and the remaining five are receiving all necessary medical attention. We are assuring them the best medical treatment possible. We have been in close contact with the crews’ families and have been keeping them fully informed of news of their loved ones during this very difficult time. The source of the fire and explosion is yet to be determined as preliminary investigations are still underway. We are supporting all efforts by the authorities and will continue to do so throughout the process. Our guests, industry partners, families and friends have given me and everyone at Aqua Expeditions the strength and commitment to stay united and face this tragedy together. We are overwhelmed with the show of support that is continuing to pour in from all over the world and we continue to be eternally thankful.

His original statement was: It is with much regret and sadness that I announce that on Saturday, July 16th, the Aqua Amazon suffered a very serious accident, and sank.  During the regular Saturday supplying and turn-around hours for re-stocking of the vessel, an accident occurred that caused an explosion and resulted in the sinking of the ship. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be shared as it becomes available. No passengers were onboard but some of the crew have been hurt and up to four are declared missing. All efforts are being made to get a better understanding of the status of the missing crew. The entire operations team is on the ground providing logistical support with local emergency services. Passengers scheduled to depart Saturday on the Aqua Amazon have been reassigned to the Aria Amazon and other river cruisers.  For any further sales and reservations issues regarding passengers’ queries, the Lima and Singapore offices will be open on Sunday regarding future bookings on the Aqua AmazonThese are difficult times for us and we are grateful for the show of support we have received to date. Our principal focus now is on our staff and their families. I would like to assure all our partners that Aqua Expeditions dedication to safety is steadfast and that our other cruisers are operating normally. 

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