South Korea: 2 killed, 1 injured in oil tanker fire

Seoul: Two South Korean sailors were killed and one other suffered injuries after a fire broke in an oil tanker near South Jeolla province on Wednesday.

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According to Yonhap News Agency, the incident took place when the tanker was in the waters about 5 km off Odong islet in South Jeolla province. A total of six people were onboard.

Soon after the incident, a Coast Guard rescue team reached the spot and carried out the rescue operation. However, the team could only save four people.

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The reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained.

The Busan-bound vessel was carrying about 10,000 tons of bunker fuel Oil and heavy oil.

The Coast Guard have initiated a probe in the matter.


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