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A crew member on the Emerald Princess cruise ship is dead after a gas canister exploded on the vessel at Port Chalmers, Dunedin.
St John spokesman Ian Henderson said paramedics were called about 5.20pm on Thursday by the Fire Service.
"We sent one ambulance to Port Chalmers. We did not transport any patient from the scene – one person was deceased at the scene," he said. Carnival Australia communications manager David Jones said initial reports suggested the incident happened during technical work on the hydraulic launching system on a tender vessel.