An oil tanker caught fire in Hong Kong’s waters, kills one

An oil tanker in Hong Kong’s southern waters on Tuesday caught fire, killing one crew member while at least 21 were rescued, police said.

The witnesses of the incident reporting a loud blast that shook windows several kilometers away.

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The rescue operations were going on about one nautical mile south of Lamma Island.

“There are still some crew that haven’t been saved,” a police spokeswoman told Reuters. She was not immediately able to provide more details including the name of the tanker, or its size.

A picture of the coastal oil tanker posted on a police Facebook page showed it listing with black smoke pouring from the hull. The ship’s name, Aulac Fortune, could be seen on the stern.

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