Vietnam carries out citizen protection measures for sailors
Updated : Friday, January 11, 2019 2:26 PM (GMT+0700)

The VietnameseConsulate General in Hong Kong and Macau (China) on January 9 met with sidesrelevant in an oil tanker blaze in Hong Kong’s southern waters to find thecauses of the incident and discuss search and rescue measures.

 
Aulac Fortune oil tanker caught fire in Hong Kong's southern waters on January 8.
-Photo: AFP/VNA

The sides included local competent authorities,representatives of the tank owner and sailors, and insurance agencies. 

The Hong Kong side said the tank is still at risk of catchingfire again. The local search and rescue team is looking for two missing sailorsand finding ways to get inside the vessel, it added.

The Vietnamese Consulate General said it has suppliednecessities for injured sailors, while the ship owner suggested the arrangementof accommodation for the group.

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry has directed the consulategeneral to continue working closely with the sides to address the case andcarry out necessary citizen protection measures.

The fire occurred when the 17,500-tonne tanker was preparingto be refueled by an oil barge. At that time, there were 27 crew members onboard, including 25 Vietnamese and two Hongkongers. Before the accident onJanuary 8, the Aulac Fortune docked in Dongguan port in Guangdong, China.

The Hong Kong Marine Police is in charge of finding the causeof the incident. Several fireboats, one helicopter and one police boat arecircling the scene. Police mentioned the possibility that the two missing arestill stranded aboard.

Currently, accommodation is arranged for the Aulac Fortune’s21 crew members at Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan district while Vu Tien Anh, whosuffered burns, is still hospitalised.

Source: VNA

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