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Oil tanker blast and fire kills three in Russia

11 June 2019

Three sailors have been killed in an explosion on an oil tanker and subsequent fire in the Caspian port of Makhachkala. Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry branch in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan said that three people were hospitalised following the blast, which occurred early on June 11.

Representative image: Shutterstock
Representative image: Shutterstock

The bodies of two dead sailors were recovered immediately after the explosion, while the third body was found hours later. There were 12 people on board the vessel at the time of the blast.

The tanker, which belongs to the Volga shipping company, had arrived in Makhachkala from Turkmenistan with 2,000 tons of oil on board. The blast occurred in the tanker’s engine room as oil products were being pumped ashore

Dagestan’s Emergencies Ministry said 57 firefighters tackled and extinguished the blaze.

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