Two crew members of the South Korean tanker DL Calla were killed by an explosion that happened late Wednesday offshore Malaysia. Two more crew members have been injured in the accident and have been taken to a hospital located in Kuala Terengganu.
The vessel was loaded with liquefied natural gas and the explosion was a direct result from a gas leakage according to the Chief of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), G. Xavier Theradas.
According to him, a distress call was received in the agency at 7pm from the South Korean Coast Guard regarding a fire that burst out on board of a Korean vessel DL Calla sailing about 26 nautical miles off Pulau Kapas.
The fire had already been handled off when the rescue ship arrived.
Twenty-three crew members were aboard the 50,743-DWT ship, carrying LNG cargo and heading towards a port in Thailand.