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Tanker heads to Bermuda after wave kills two crew

A Greek-owned oil tanker is heading for Bermuda after its Captain and Chief Engineer were killed and another crew member injured when it was hit by a wave.

The Aegean Angel was in mid-Atlantic sailing to the US Gulf with a cargo of fuel oil when it was hit by the wave, killing the 47-year-old captain and 33-year-old chief mechanic and seriously injuring the 34-year-old deputy captain.

A spokesman of Athens-based Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd said: “The ship didn't suffer any damage and is now sailing to the closest port which is in Bermuda to get treatment for the injured officer who is receiving medical attention on board while the company is in contact with the US Coast Guard.”

The vessel, which was carrying its cargo from Estonia to Texas, sailed into bad weather with force eight winds around 800 miles from Bermuda

A spokesman for the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre said this afternoon: "The accident occurred when the ship's senior officers decided to make an inspection of the deck areas to check for damage after the passage of some heavy weather.

"Unfortunately during the inspection, a large wave hit the vessel and killed the Captain and Chief Engineer whilst leaving the Chief Officer seriously injured.

"The vessel is expected off Bermuda early on Monday where new crew members will be waiting to join the vessel to allow her to continue her voyage."

The tanker Aegean Angel is heading to Bermuda after a wave killed two crew members

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Published December 30, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm)

Tanker heads to Bermuda after wave kills two crew

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