Tanker Explosion, 1 Crew Dead

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A Product tanker suffered explosion, followed by fire, at around 1600 LT (UTC +8) Apr 16 in Taiwan Strait some 170 nm ESE of Hong Kong, reports Maritime Bulletin.

Fire extinguished?

6 crew were reported injured, 1 died in explosion. MRCC Hong Kong said fire was extinguished, 2 helicopters and plane were sent to tanker to evacuate injured crew.

First helicopter arrived at the scene at around 1900 UTC, of 6 injured 4 are said to be in serious condition. It is not clear what kind of operations tanker is engaged in, cruising between Kaohsiung Taiwan and areas in Taiwan Strait, sometimes sailing in loops, sometimes staying adrift or anchored.

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Source: Maritime Bulletin

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