The Brazilian navy says one person died in a fire of "large proportions" on a Turkish-flagged ship off the country's southern coast.

In a statement, the navy says 22 people were safely rescued from the cargo ship "Duden" after the fire broke out about 160 miles off the coast Sunday.

The navy did not immediately identify the person who died and said some of the survivors sustained minor injuries.

Monday's statement said the cause of the fire was not yet known.