15 Filipino seafarers safe after tanker explosion in South Korea — DFA
MANILA, Philippines — Fifteen Filipino seafarers of an oil tanker that exploded in Ulsan, South Korea were reported safe, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.
The DFA said the Filipino mariners were crew members of the Cayman Islands registered Stolt Groenland tanker which exploded last September 27.
They were rescued and evacuated together with the other crew members.
Further, the foreign affairs department added that the explosion also caused a nearby tanker to catch fire and wounded nine other seafarers, two of whom were reportedly Filipinos.
“The Philippine Embassy in Seoul is closely coordinating with the South Korean authorities to ascertain their condition and make sure that they are out of harm’s way,” the DFA said in a statement.
Citing the South Korean Coast Guard, Agence France-Presse earlier reported that an investigation has been launched on the incident. /muf
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