Malaysia chemical tanker fire death toll rises to five - MISC

30 July 2012 11:57  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Malaysian shipping firm MISC said on Monday that the body of the last missing crewmember of fire-hit chemical tanker Bunga Alipinia has been found, bringing the number of fatalities from the 26 July incident to five.

“MISC confirms that a fifth body has been found on the vessel early this morning [Monday]. The identity of the body has yet to be confirmed,” the company said.

Five of the 29 crewmembers at the 37,961 deadweight-tonne chemical tanker were reported missing, and were eventually found dead on board the vessel docked at Labuan port.

Fire erupted at the vessel after being hit by lightning at around 18:30 GMT on 26 July.

Malaysian oil and gas major PETRONAS owns a majority stake in MISC.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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