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Two Men in Mortal Danger While Unloading Fish

Two men lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen and almost died while unloading pearlside (Lat. Maurolicus mueller) from the hold of the trawler Ingunn AK in the harbor of Akranes, west Iceland, yesterday.

According to inspector Jóhanna Heidur Gestsdóttir at the Akranes police department, dangerous gases were created as the fish began decomposing, removing all oxygen from their air. Pearlside is a small fish and it therefore decomposes rapidly, Fréttabladid reports.

One of the men went down to the hold first and when the other noticed that he had lost consciousness he went down to rescue him but immediately lost consciousness himself.

There was smoke-diving equipment onboard the trawler, which the other members of the crew used to go down to the hold and tie ropes to the unconscious men. They could then be pulled out of the hold. The rescue mission took around 20 minutes.

“The circumstances were extremely difficult,” Gestsdóttir said, adding that if the crew members hadn’t reacted as quickly as they did, the two men might not be alive today. They were taken to hospital in Reykjavík and gained consciousness in the evening.

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