3 die, 5 injure as explosion hits tanker in Caspian Sea Port of Makhachkala - UPDATED - 2

3 die, 5 injure as explosion hits tanker in Caspian Sea Port of Makhachkala  - UPDATED - 2
# 11 June 2019 11:00 (UTC +04:00)

Three people were killed, 5 injured on Tuesday as an explosion hit a tanker in the Russian city of Makhachkala, APA reports citing the press service of the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transportation (Rosmorrechflot).

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Two people were killed on Tuesday as an explosion hit a tanker in the Russian city of Makhachkala, while a search for one more sailor is underway, APA reports citing the press service of the Russian Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transportation (Rosmorrechflot).

***09:46

An explosion occurred on a tanker in the port of Makhachkala; three people remain missing and a search is underway, APA reports citing the press service of the Federal Agency For Maritime, River Transportation.

The explosion at the Makhachkala Commercial Sea Port was caused by an air-gas mixture on the tanker catching fire; five were injured.

"A duty officer of the Rosmorrechflot received a message about an explosion in the engine space and smoke in the accommodation space at the VF TANKER 16 in the city of Makhachkala. At the moment of the incident, the tanker was near the fourth pier of the seaport in the city of Makhachkala. Presumably, five people were injured… Search for three people is underway," Rosmorrechflot said.

One of the victims is in critical condition and has sustained burns on 95% of his body, a representative of the regional Ministry of Health said.

The tanker belongs to the Volga Shipping Company, according to preliminary data.

Russian investigators have already launched probe into the incident.

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