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Oil tanker explosion in Manila Bay injures 18

19 December 2016

An oil tanker anchored a mile out from the Filipino town of Limay in Manila Bay caught fire on December 14, causing an explosion that injured the ship’s captain and 17 members of his crew, according to the Manila Bulletin. Police said fire broke out in the engine room of the Reia Faye, a marine oil tanker anchored one nautical mile off Barangay Luz, Limay, Bataan.

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A police spokesman said the ship’s captain sustained severe burns. He told investigators that the ship’s engines were being powered-up when he heard an irregular noise in the engine room that was followed by an explosion. Fire began to spread, prompting some crew members to jump into the water, causing some of their injuries.

The tanker was anchored off Limay while awaiting loading instructions from Petron Bataan Refinery.

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