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DUBAI: Investigations have begun into a series of explosions on an oil tanker at Fujairah port that left three people dead, one injured and two missing.
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An empty oil tanker docked at the ships waiting area opposite the Marbah shores in Fujairah caught fire on Thursday leaving three persons critically injured, while 124 others escaped unhurt.
Captain Mossa Murad, Director-General of the Fujairah Seaport, said the operations room at the Fujairah Seaport was informed on Thursday evening about a massive fire had erupted in an oil tanker anchored off the Marbah coast.
The Indian-flagged ship, From Diba, sailed from the Karachi port in Pakistan and was heading to the Ras Tannura port in Saudi Arabia. Some 26 of the ship crew members, mostly Indians, and 101 technicians tasked with maintenance works were onboard the ship at the time of the fire, Captain Murad said.
Khamis Al Yamahi, a fisherman, said: “I was six miles away from the ship, but heard the strong explosion and calls for help from top of the ship.”
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