Rescue operations still under way after tanker explosion

Photos of the stricken Aulac Fortune were shared via social media after it caught fire yesterday.

Investigations and rescue operations are still under way after an oil tanker caught fire near Hong Kong yesterday (Tuesday). One crew member died, 21 were rescued and two were still believed missing at the time of going to press.

The Vietnamese-flagged 17 500-deadweight tonne oil product tanker, Aulac Fortune, caught fire off the coast of Lamma Island in Hong Kong during a refuelling operation.

Global media outlets quoted witnesses as saying they had heard three explosions just after the fire broke out.

There was reportedly no cargo on board at the time of the fire.

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