Hong Kong’s Fire Department deployed teams to help divers in their attempt to find the missing seafarers.

As of January 8, the tanker had developed a 30 degrees listing, but there was danger of the vessel sinking, local media reported.

'Aulac Fortune', an oil tanker in Hong Kong’s southern waters caught fire on January 8, resulting to the killing of one crew member, whereas at least 21 people were rescued, according to Reuters' reporting.

Specifically, as stated by the Hong Kong Police Department, the vessel was found on fire outside Lamma Island. Police and Fire Services Department are conducting rescue operation.

Also, the blast was allegedly so loud that shook windows several kilometres away.