21 sailors have been rescued after an oil and chemical tanker caught fire near Lamma Island off Hong Kong. The number of missing crewmembers has yet to be determined.

The number of casualties may rise, as police estimate that some 25 sailors were on board. While the exact cause of the incident remains unknown, a number of explosions on the vessel were reported.

“There was an explosion and some people fell into the water from the vessel,” a police spokesman said, as quoted by the South China Morning Post.

今日 (2019-01-08) 下午南丫島對開海面有船隻起火,警方與消防處現正進行救援行動。更多消息請密切留意警隊 Facebook。

A vessel was found on fire outside Lamma Island today (2019-01-08). Police and Fire Services Department are conducting rescue operation. More information will be available on HKP Facebook.

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