Two people died and another 13 were hospitilised following a suspected deadly outbreak of food poisoning on a ship in West African waters.

The chief and third officer of the 1991-built Nefryt general cargo vessel died while another 13 crew were helicoptered to a hospital in Abidjan when it docked at San Pedro port in Ivory Coast on Saturday morning.

Food Poisoning Kills Two Onboard Polish Ship

The poisoning broke out on Friday after the all-Polish crewed ship had set sail from Ivory Coast. The 9,500 dwt ship is owned by Poland’s Euroafrica Shipping Lines.

Replacement crew have been sent to take over the vessel.