Oil tanker ex­plodes, 18 crew mem­bers in­jured

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CAM P OLI VAS, Pam­panga - At least 18 ship crew mem­bers were in­jured when an oil tanker ves­sel docked near the shore of Barangay Luz, Li­may, Bataan, ex­ploded, Wed­nes­day.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Aaron Aquino, Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-3 (PRO3) di­rec­tor, said M/TKR Reia Faye, a marine oil tanker op­er­at­ing un­der Reild Marine Ser­vices and Trad­ing, was an­chored about one nau­ti­cal mile off the shore of said barangay.

It sud­denly ex­ploded due to en­gine mal­func­tion while wait­ing for load­ing in­struc­tions from Petron Bataan Re­fin­ery, Aquino said.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion from Bataan po­lice showed that the ship’s en­gines were be­ing pow­ered-up when the crew heard ir­reg­u­lar noise at the en­gine room fol­lowed by burst of flames.

Nearby tug­boat op­er­a­tors res­cued the crew who jumped into the wa­ter.

The crew mem­bers who suf­fered se­vere burns were iden­ti­fied as Vin­cent Latap, 56, ship cap­tain; Steven Kyle Calu­gay, 19, ship ap­pren­tice; Ken­neth Guinto, 21, Rodgie Fran­cisco, 23, Danilo Morol­lano, 23, and Marty Manzo.

Those who sus­tained mi­nor burns were Chris­tian Lex­ter Doro­teo Faner, 25, Bryan Per­alta, 25, Cel­szann Ca­banela Celis, Ar­mando Leanillo, 61, Restie Siona, 21, Maria There­sita Diego, 21, Pe­ta­paul Bones, 23, Agustin Sabidal, 21, James Dar­win Oro, 22, John Lester Oro, 23, Cris Raon­dero, 26, and Jonar­ick Garo, 22.

In­jured crew mem­bers are now be­ing treated at the Bataan Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Balanga City and St. Michael Hospi­tal, Orion, Bataan.

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