Three missing after explosion on Russian tanker

Three people were reported missing after an explosion on a Russian oil tanker travelling through the Kerch Strait towards the port of Rostov-on-Don on Saturday (October 24), the Russian federal maritime agency said.

The tanker General Hazi Aslanov was not carrying oil, and the explosion was probably triggered by leftover fumes, the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport said.

Russia's Ministry of Emergencies on Sunday (October 25) reported that the search for three missing people continued, and 400 square kilometers (154,440 square miles) of sea had been covered by rescuers during the night.

There were 13 people onboard, of whom six had been rescued and three were missing overboard. Four remained on deck, the ministry said.