Image: Hong Kong Government Flying Service helicopter (Courtesy Aero Icarus / CC BY SA 2.0)
[Summary] On Saturday, a small tanker exploded off the coast of Hong Kong, killing one person and injuring six others.
The Hong Kong Government Air Service reported the victim to the Hong Kong Naval Rescue Coordination Center within approximately 1,600 hours. Tanker Chuang Yi was hit by an explosion and fire and seven crew members were injured.
The office sent two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft to the rescue. When aid arrived, one of the Chuang Yi crews died of his injuries. Six others survived with varying degrees of damage and put out the fire.
Three crew members had severe burns that required treatment, and the other three survivors had less severe burns and injuries. They were all evacuated to the beach.
Chuang Yi is a product tank with a capacity of 10,000 dwt, under the flag of Panama and operated by a company registered in the British Virgin Islands. His last port State control inspection was recorded in 2016. The AIS ship’s transfer was last received on April 10, and no official update on fate is available.