Tanker Fire Kills Two off South Korea

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Published Mar 20, 2019 3:40 PM by The Maritime Executive

[Brief] Early Wednesday morning, a small tanker caught fire off the coast of Odong Island, South Korea, killing two and injuring one. 

The fire broke out at 0538 hours at a position about two nm to the east of Odong. Four good samaritan vessels, a military vessel, and multiple SAR units responded to the scene. Four of the tanker's six crewmembers were rescued, and responders succeeded in bringing the fire under control by about 0930 hours.  

The two remaining crewmembers were found dead in the vessel's wheelhouse. The victims, identified by their family name Kim, were aged 68 and 70. The chief engineer was burned in the accident and has been hospitalized for treatment. 

The Korea Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the cause of the casualty.