June 13, 2019 file photo of an oil tanker on fire in the sea of Oman.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)
June 13, 2019 file photo of an oil tanker on fire in the sea of Oman.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)

Russian oil tanker suffers explosion, 3 crew members missing

Maritime officials said the tanker wasn’t loaded and the explosion may have been triggered by flammable vapours left behind from the vessel’s previous cargo.
Moscow | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 07:03 AM IST

A Russian oil tanker was hit by an explosion in the Sea of Azov and a rescue operation was underway on Saturday for three missing crew members, officials said.

The Russian Emergencies Ministry said the explosion on the General Azi Aslanov took place as the tanker was en route from the port of Kavkaz to the port of Rostov-on-Don. Authorities said 10 members of the tanker’s 13-person crew have been rescued, while the remaining three were believed to have been thrown overboard by the blast.

Three rescue vessels were heading to the site to search for the missing crew.

The tanker has tilted and efforts to stabilize the ship were underway.

Maritime officials said the tanker wasn’t loaded and the explosion may have been triggered by flammable vapours left behind from the vessel’s previous cargo.

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