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Damage, poor visibility hampers oil tanker search

2019-01-10 HKT 18:26
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  • A Fire Services Department photo shows the difficult conditions rescuers are facing.
    A Fire Services Department photo shows the difficult conditions rescuers are facing.
  • The Aulac Fortune is listing off Lamma following a deadly fire on Tuesday. Photo: Courtesy of the Fire Services Department
    The Aulac Fortune is listing off Lamma following a deadly fire on Tuesday. Photo: Courtesy of the Fire Services Department
Rescuers searching for two missing crewmen from an oil tanker which exploded and caught fire off Lamma on Tuesday say their work has been hampered by low visibility and widespread damage inside the vessel.

One person was killed and four others injured when blasts rocked the tanker while it was being refuelled. More than 20 crew members were rescued from the sea.

For a second day, firefighters and divers boarded the listing boat to look for the two Vietnamese nationals still missing.

They searched the engine room and some of the boat's cabins.

But a large amount of debris hindered their efforts, as did strong waves.

Despite the difficulties, the Fire Services Department said it was hoping to complete the search of the vessel's cabins on Thursday.