Three crew members onboard Zhoushan-registered 2,000dwt oil tanker Jin Wang You 9 suffered from intoxication while inside the forepeak tank during inspection work yesterday.
One of the crew members was inspecting the tank, however when he never returned two crew members went to find him and also managed to start suffocating. Another crew member called for help, with Shenzhen Maritime Rescue Center sending a rescue team. They saved one of the crew members, while another was found dead, and the third died while in hospital.
The vessel was carrying aviation oil from Huizhou to Shenzhen.
Local authorities have started investigations into the cause of the accident.