Thursday, 4 August 2011

Port tanks explosion victim dies in Seville

GIBRALTAR (GibChronicle) The Spanish welder injured in the port explosion last May 31 has died (and first reported here), according to Spanish media reports citing family sources. The 40-year old man from La Linea suffered 70% burns in the fire and had been fighting for his life in a specialist Seville hospital. In cases like these, the normal step would be for the Coroner to open an investigation into the cause of death. But although his injuries were sustained in Gibraltar, the fact that he died in Seville and his body is in Spain could raise questions as to whether the Coroner in Gibraltar has jurisdiction to order an inquest. Neither was it clear yesterday whether Spanish authorities would open their own investigation into the man's death and, if so, what that would entail.

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