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One dead, two missing in Lamma oil tanker fire

2019-01-08 HKT 12:40
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  • One dead, two missing in Lamma oil tanker fire
  • Smoke billows from a tanker on fire south of Lamma island. Photo: Courtesy of Hong Kong Police
    Smoke billows from a tanker on fire south of Lamma island. Photo: Courtesy of Hong Kong Police
  • Emergency crews were called to the tanker fire at around 11am on Tuesday. Photo: RTHK
    Emergency crews were called to the tanker fire at around 11am on Tuesday. Photo: RTHK
  • Injured workers were taken to various hospitals in the city after being rescued from a burning tanker off Lamma. Photo: RTHK
    Injured workers were taken to various hospitals in the city after being rescued from a burning tanker off Lamma. Photo: RTHK
  • Police and fire crews were called out to deal with a burning oil tanker south of Lamma on Tuesday. Photo: RTHK
    Police and fire crews were called out to deal with a burning oil tanker south of Lamma on Tuesday. Photo: RTHK
Joanne Wong reports
At least one person was killed on Tuesday and two others were missing after an oil tanker caught fire south of Lamma, with workers on board apparently jumping into the sea to escape.

More than 20 people were rescued, with four of them requiring hospital treatment. One was said to be seriously injured. The crew are believed to be from Vietnam.

Reports said explosions had been heard on the vessel and large amounts of dense, black smoke were billowing from the oil and chemical tanker.

It is believed that the tanker was being refuelled by a barge at the time and one Singaporean crew member from the barge was among the injured.

Police and firefighters said they received reports of the incident at around 11am.

Emergency crews were at the scene, with the fire still burning.

The 17,000-tonne Aulac Fortune, which is 144 metres long and 22.6 metres wide, set sail from Dongguan on Monday. The vessel is registered in Vietnam.

Residents on Lantau reported hearing a large blast on Tuesday morning, with some saying it had shaken their windows.

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Last updated: 2019-01-08 HKT 15:46