oil tanker caught fire in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning (8 January 2019),
leaving one man dead and rescuers scrambling to find two other crew members who
least 23 others were rescued.
reports suggest the incident occurred as the two ships were in the process of
connecting fuel hoses, a source said.
source said the oil barge was able to leave the scene, and the cause of the
explosion was being investigated.
police spokeswoman said there were 26 men on board the tanker when the blaze
erupted, most of whom were retrieved from the sea off the coast of Lamma
Rescue efforts were continuing into the
said the blaze, which began at around 11.30am and was finally put out at
4.30pm, is believed to have started when the Aulac Fortune, a
Vietnamese-registered vessel, was in the process of being refuelled by an oil
refuelling there were three reports of explosions before the oil tanker burst
into flames,” a source said.
helicopters have been sent to the scene and are still searching for the missing
sailors, while three fireboats, and marine police vessels were also sent to the
One sailor is in a serious condition suffering from burns,
and another, a 46-year-old Singaporean man, had shoulder wounds.
photo posted on the Hong Kong police’s Facebook page showed a thick
black cloud shrouding the ship, the Aulac Fortune, which is registered in
Residents from other outlying islands reportedly felt windows
shake and heard a loud boom when the tanker went up in flames.
“I thought it was an earthquake when
the windows started to shake,” Mui Wo resident Rhea Nee, 42, said.
Island is a residential island two miles off the coast of Hong Kong Island,
although the accident happened on the opposite side of Lamma.
The accident happened a day after the tanker left the southern
Chinese city of Dongguan in the heart of the Pearl River Delta.