On August 15, 2014 the 96 meter long, 3691 dwt tanker Java Bonitos suffered several explosions in the Bangka Strait off Belitung Island, Indonesia. Reports state the vessel while en route to Jakarta from Palembang Sumatra in ballast suffered 3 explosions and resulting fire in the engine room. One crewman was killed and another 3 were reported as missing. The remaining crew abandoned ship and were later rescued. Several crew suffered severe burns requiring hospitalization. The Java Bonitos disabled by the damage went adrift. Salvors are standing by the tanker waiting for the fire to cool down before boarding and searching for the missing crew.
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