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Two dead, one missing after blast on Russian oil tanker

04 November 2019

Two people were killed following an explosion on board a crude oil tanker off the coast of Nakhodka Bay in the far east of Russia near Vladivostock. One more person is still missing following the blast on November 2 which is thought to have been caused by a mixture of gas and air exploding.

Port in Nakhodka Bay - Image: Wikimedia / pauk
Port in Nakhodka Bay - Image: Wikimedia / pauk

In a statement, the regional branch of the Investigative Committee said: "In the morning, in the Nakhodka Bay near Mys Astafyeva, a gas and air mixture blasted. No blaze was observed. According to the preliminary data, two people were killed while the whereabouts of another person is unknown."

Investigators have begun a criminal investigation into the incident which occurred on the Zaliv Amerika crude oil tanker.

Eyewitnesses told Russia Today that the blast caused the top deck to blow open, throwing some crew members into the sea. A rescue operation is still underway to find the missing sailor.

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