Sharjah - Video: Oil tanker catches fire off UAE's coast, crew rescued

Sharjah - Video: Oil tanker catches fire off UAE's coast, crew rescued
Sharjah - Video: Oil tanker catches fire off UAE's coast, crew rescued

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Aden - Yasmine El Tohamy - FTA confirmed the tanker was 'not loaded with any oil shipments'.

A tanker caught fire off UAE's coast on Wednesday evening, according to a statement issued by the Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport.

The FTA said all concerned departments were working to extinguish a fire, which broke out onboard an unloaded Panamanian-flagged tanker sailing 21 miles off the UAE after it had sent a distress call.

"Rescue and emergency response teams at ports started providing the necessary help once they received the distress call and rescued the tanker's crew," the authority said in a statement.

The FTA confirmed the tanker was "not loaded with any oil shipments and early reports attribute the incident to an accident during maintenance operations."

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