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1 injured in tanker boiler blast in Bohai Bay

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-02-26 17:31

JINAN - One crew member was injured when a boiler on an oil tanker burst Tuesday morning in East China's Bohai Bay, according to local maritime authorities.

The fire that broke out on the Shunkai 79 has been extinguished, the Yantai Maritime Safety Administration of Shandong province said.

A total of 10 crew members were onboard the tanker registered in Zhoushan city, Shandong, at the time of the accident, and nine were carried to safety by rescue vessels.

The seriously injured crew member has been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Around 8 am Tuesday, the Yantai maritime rescue center received a report that a fire broke out in the tanker's engine room after the vessel's boiler burst in waters near the Port of Longkou.

The tanker was carrying 1,000 tons of oil, but none has been detected in waters around the scene of the accident, said local maritime authorities.

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