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Father, 64, dies as boat bursts into flames at sea.

A BAHRAINI man was yesterday killed and his son critically injured when their boat burst into flames. Salim Abdulla Mohammed Al Azari, aged 64, died instantly when the boat caught fire at around 8am due to a possible fuel leak or electric short circuit in the engine, according to sources.

The incident took place two miles away from Khalifa Port in Hidd, where thick plumes of smoke covered the sky.

A passing fisherman called for help when he saw the smoke and Mr Al Azari's son Khalid clinging to a piece of wood.

Police sources said that they were investigating the cause of fire.

"The incident took place in the middle of the sea and a fisherman called the emergency line when they saw Khalid clinging to a piece of wood in an unconscious condition," said sources.

"He was shocked to see his condition, as both his legs were fractured and a body was floating near him.

"An immediate help was dispatched to the scene. However, the cause of the fire is still under investigation."

Khalid, 24, is a BDF employee, while his father had retired from the organisation.

"They went to sea in the morning to fish," said Khalid's uncle Abdulaziz.

"We don't know what happened, possibly a short circuit in the engine of the boat or fuel leak.

"Nothing is clear until now and police said they are investigating."

Khalid was taken to Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), where he underwent a major operation to amputate his legs to save his life, said Abdulaziz.

"He is not well and we are waiting for the doctor's report," he said.

"All the family members are shocked and unable to believe what happened.

"We are still trying to figure out what could have happened.

Mr Al Azari was buried yesterday afternoon at the Riffa cemetery.

He leaves behind his wife, three sons and a daughter.

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Date:Oct 20, 2010
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