Two seafarers lost their lives while another one was injured in a fire aboard an oil tanker off the southern coast of South Korea.
The ill-fated seafarers, aged 68 and 79, were found deceased in the ship’s pilothouse, while the tanker’s chief engineer suffered burns and was transported to a hospital for treatment.
The fire broke out on the unnamed 494-ton ship in the early morning hours of March 20, Yonhap New Agency cited local authorities.
At the time of the incident, the vessel was some 5 kilometers off Odong Island, South Jeolla Province.
Vessel loaded with 10,000 tons of bunker fuel, C oil and heavy oil, the vessel was crewed by six sailors, four of whom managed to escape the ship shortly after the fire started.