Lightning strikes Malaysian tanker, tanker explodes

Featured - July 27th, 2012

A Malaysian tanker exploded while at a Petronas methanol terminal, leaving one crew member dead and four missing, AFP reports.

Shipping company MISC said the 38-tonne Bunga Alpina was loading methanol on the Labuan Island in the South China Sea when it was hit by a lightning. The tanker was left “80% destroyed”, Labuan police chief Saiman Kasran told AFP. There were reportedly 29 people on board – 23 Malaysians and six Filipinos. The remaining 24 crew members were safely brought ashore.

Reports said that: “There was heavy rain and lightning at that time. We presume the fire was caused by a lightning strike. We found one body and four crew members are missing.”