Three people missing after a tanker catches fire off the coast of Indonesia

Three people were reportedly missing after a tanker ship caught fire off the coast of Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday, a rescuer said.

The vessel was operated by the Indonesia’s state-owned oil firm PT Pertamina, and the accident occurred just off the coast of the firm’s oil storage located in Mataram city of the province, said Wahyu Efendi, head of the provincial search and rescue office.

“We received the information about the accident at 3:40 p.m. local time. There were 17 people on board, and 14 of them have been rescued, but three others remain missing,” he told Xinhua over phone.

“We will resume searching the missing people on Monday,” said Efendi.

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