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One dead in Hong Kong oil tanker fire

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An oil tanker fire in Hong Kong's southern waters has killed one crew member while 21 others have been rescued.

An oil tanker has caught fire in Hong Kong's southern waters on, killing one crew member while at least 21 were rescued, police say, with witnesses reporting a loud blast that shook windows several kilometres away.

Rescue operations were going on about one nautical mile south of Lamma Island on Tuesday.

"There are still some crew that haven't been saved," a police spokeswoman told Reuters.

The damaged oil tanker is seen tilting to one side.
The damaged oil tanker is seen tilting to one side.
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A picture of the coastal oil tanker posted on a police Facebook page showed it listing with black smoke pouring from the hull. The ship's name, Aulac Fortune, could be seen on the stern.

One witness living on the nearby island of Lantau said she heard a big blast.

One person was killed in the incident.
One person was killed in the incident.
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"It felt like when there is a strong typhoon, when the wind shakes your doors violently. It was really strong," said the woman, Rhea Nee.

"I thought maybe there was an earthquake. I saw my neighbours all coming out of their houses. The windows of my house were shaking."

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