Azerbaijan’s Emergency Ministry continues fire fighting on Russian tanker (UPDATE 5)

Society Materials 23 April 2016 15:18 (UTC +04:00)

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.23

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Emergency Situations continues the fire fighting on the burning Russian PALFLOT 2 tanker in the Caspian Sea, the ministry told Trend Apr.23.

This is while the Main Emergency Department in Russia's Astrakhan region told Trend that the fire extinction has been suspended.

Earlier, the department said that one crew member of PALFLOT 2 has died as a result of the fire.

"The tanker's crew consisted of 10 Russian nationals and one Kazakh national," said the department, adding that the nationality of the dead crew member hasn't been defined yet.

Ten crew members have already been evacuated to OPTIMAFLOT 2 ship, according to the department.

RIA Novosti agency reported earlier that the burning tanker's home port is the Russian city of Astrakhan.

The agency added that there were no oil products on the tanker, adding that it was filled with ballast - water.

Azerbaijan's Ministry of Emergency Situations earlier said that it has joint the fire fighting on Russian PALFLOT 2 ship.