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Rescuers board burnt tanker to find missing crew

2019-01-09 HKT 11:27
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  • Authorities say the oil tanker caught fire when it was preparing to refuel near Lamma island. Photo: Courtesy of the Government Flying Service
    Authorities say the oil tanker caught fire when it was preparing to refuel near Lamma island. Photo: Courtesy of the Government Flying Service
Fire services have sent a team of six officers on board an oil tanker that caught fire on Tuesday to look for two missing crew members. The search on the water, meanwhile, was continuing.

One person died and four people were in hospital after the vessel caught fire following explosions as the crew members were connecting pipes and preparing to refuel near Lamma.

The Aulac Fortune, registered in Vietnam, was going from Dongguan to Thailand when it stopped in Hong Kong waters for refuelling.

It took firefighters some five hours to put out the blaze.

A huge hole could be seen on the deck of the ship following the explosions. It was listing by 30 degrees, but authorities said they didn't see any immediate danger.