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Oil tanker explosion kills 5 off coast of South Korea

Korea Coast Guard via Reuters

Damage is seen on the Doola 3, an oil tanker carrying petroleum, after it exploded in waters off South Korea's western port city of Incheon Jan. 15.

According to the Korea Herald:

Doola Shipping, which operates the ship, said the explosion seems to have taken place while gas was being drained from the oil tank. "The vessel usually transports diesel, but this time it carried gasoline. We are now examining whether it had any relation to the explosion," a company official said.

The explosion was not caused by any external shock, Coast Guard officials said, adding it suddenly occurred when some crew members were cleaning the oil tank on the deck. They will request a forensic test for the case, the officials said.

Full story: Freight vessel explosion in West Sea kills 5 crewmen

Korea Coast Guard via Reuters

Boats of the South Korean Coast Guard patrol near the damaged Doola 3, center, an oil tanker carrying petroleum, after it exploded in waters off South Korea's western port city of Incheon Jan. 15. Five crew members were killed and six others are missing after the explosion of the 4,191-tonne freight ship, which had been carrying 16 crewmen -- 11 Koreans and 5 Myanmarese -- on board, in waters north of Jawol Island near Incheon, according to the coast guard.