A Houston-bound cargo ship caught fire in the Caribbean off Venezuela’s coast Friday, killing nine crew members and injuring five others.  The crew members were in the mess hall when the fire started.  The Greek-owned Aegean Wind had a fire break out in the mess hall when the ship was about 100 miles north of Venezuela.  The Aegean Wind has a 24-member crew made up of 15 Filipinos and nine Greeks.

The nine unaccounted for crew members have been declared dead by the Venezuelan Navy.  Six were from the Philippines and three were from Greece.

Five injured crew members were taken by helicopter to Margarita Island.  One is said to be in “delicate condition” from severe burns.

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