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    At Least 1 Killed in Oil Tanker Blaze Off Hong Kong, Rescue Operation Underway

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    BEIJING (Sputnik) - At least one person was killed, with three crewmen still missing after an oil tanker caught fire due to a blast off the coast of Lamma Island in China’s Hong Kong Tuesday, with a rescue operation for 21 other crewmen underway, the South China Morning Post newspaper reported, citing police.

    According to the South China Morning Post, the fire broke out after 11:30 a.m. (3:30 GMT). The newspaper has updated information, noting that there were at least 25 people on board.

    "An initial investigation showed there was an explosion and some people fell into the waters from the vessel", a police spokesman said, as quoted by the newspaper.

    The rescue operation is underway, with fireboats and a government helicopter dispatched to the area.

    Hong Kong police have shared the information about the incident on their official Facebook account.

    Meanwhile, the broadcaster RTHK reported that one person had been killed, while 23 crewmen had been rescued, with three to four of them in need of medical treatment. Three other crewmen are still missing. The vessel in question is reportedly the Vietnam-flagged oil and chemical tanker Aulac Fortune.

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