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2 fishermen overcome by rotting-fish gas in Maine
First Published Aug 23 2013 07:30 pm • Last Updated Aug 23 2013 07:30 pm

Rockland, Maine • Decaying herring inside the fish hold of an 89-foot trawler has created enough noxious gas with a rotting-egg smell to sicken two Maine fishermen and leave one of them unconscious.

Firefighters say the unconscious fisherman was flown by helicopter to a hospital on Friday. They say the other is being treated at another hospital.

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Poisonous hydrogen sulfide built up in the fish hold after the Starlight trawler offloaded its herring.

The first fisherman was overcome and lost consciousness while climbing down a ladder into the hold. The second became incapacitated while trying to help him. A third crew member realized what was happening and used a breathing apparatus to rescue them.

Firefighters say the rotting-egg smell was strong and their equipment registered dangerous levels.




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