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Worker Dies Following Engine Room Fire Off Oregon Coast

On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that a crew member aboard a chemical tanker 700 miles off of the coast of Oregon had died when an engine-room fire disabled the tanker. The fire was extinguished, but the ship was unable to move due to damage to its generators. The cause of the fire is still undetermined.

The Coast Guard arrived on Friday to assist the remaining 21 crew members to safety. The ship had been disabled for two days.

The ship had left the Port of Los Angeles on August 9th and was headed for South Korea with a cargo of propylene tetramer. All of the crew members are South Korean nationals.

The name of the tanker and the identity of the owner were not identified by the Coast Guard. It did, however, note that the vessel's owner had contracted the commercial tugboat Millennium Falcon to respond to the incident. The Millennium Falcon is based in Washington state.

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