KUALA LUMPUR - TWO Myanmar nationals suffered severe burns and one of their countrymen is missing after a Singapore-flagged* chemical tanker they were on caught fire on Monday, maritime officials said.
The accident happened in waters off Malaysia's eastern Pahang state in the South China Sea, the eastern region head of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, Syed Mohamad Fuzi Syed Hassan, told state news agency Bernama.
'The incident occurred as the Singapore-flagged ship was travelling from Vietnam to the Kuantan port with the fire breaking out when the crew were carrying out cleaning operations,' he told Bernama.
Although the fire was put out quickly on the ship with 22 crew members, Syed Mohamad Fuzi said two were badly burnt while a third was believed to have fallen overboard.
He said three search-and-rescue ships were patrolling the vicinity in an attempt to find the missing seaman while a helicopter was sent to bring the injured crew members ashore.
*Updated 12 July: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore as clarified that the tanker is not Singapore-flagged.