Turkish Coast Guard rescue vessels rushed to the scene of a chemical tanker explosion near Tuzla Shipyard in Istanbul. The ship was identified as the Turkish-flagged Tibilisi.
The ship's captain confirmed that a total of 19 crewmen were evacuated from the vessel. Four have been injured - the extent of their injuries were unclear. One crewmember was prounounced dead.
The blast occurred in the starboard side of the tanker, tearing a two meter hole in the ship’s hull. The ship listed heavily to starboard, but did not appear to be in danger of sinking.