At least 3 crew members were killed when a 570-foot tanker carrying
industrial ethanol exploded and sank about 50 miles off the Virginia
The Bow Mariner tanker, which was built in 1982, called in a mayday to the Coast Guard after 6:00 p.m. Saturday to report the explosion, reports CNN.
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The Singapore-flagged vessel was in transit from New York to Houston with 24 Filipino and three Greek crew members when a fire broke out on the deck of the ship, causing the explosion.
''When the rescue divers got on the scene the fuel tanker was on fire, sinking and there was people in the water,'' Lt. Chris Shaffer of Ocean City Emergency Services told the Associated Press.
Three helicopters, three Coast Guard boats and a C-130 plane are still searching for 19 other crew members. Six of those injured were taken to hospitals in Maryland and Virginia, Petty
Officer Stacey Pardini of the Coast Guard Atlantic area, told AP.