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Explosion aboard Vietnamese tanker in Hong Kong harbour kills one, three missing

08 January 2019

The product tanker Aulac Fortune suffered an explosion and fire on January 8 at Lamma Island Anchorage, Hong Kong. Of the 26 crew, 22 were rescued, one died and three are still missing. Some of the crew were thrown overboard by the explosion on the Vietnamese-flagged vessel, local media said, while others had to jump into the water to escape the fire.

Image - Hong Kong Police
Image - Hong Kong Police

Seven of those rescued were injured, Hong Kong authorities said.

According to Maritime Bulletin, the vessel had arrived from Dongguan in Guangdong province earlier that morning. The vessel, en route to its home port in Thailand, was in ballast and largely empty.

The force of the blast left the 140-meter long tanker at a 30-degree angle and photos released by the Hong Kong authorities showed the vessel listing heavily and producing clouds of thick black smoke.

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