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Fire rages on supertanker off Sri Lanka, one crew presumed dead

The New Diamond, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) chartered by Indian Oil Corp (IOC) that was carrying the equivalent of about 2 million barrels of oil, is seen after a fire broke out, off the east coast of Sri Lanka September 3, 2020. Picture taken September 3, 2020. Sri Lankan Navy media/Handout via REUTERS

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A Philippine crew member missing from a supertanker hit by fire off the Sri Lankan coast is presumed dead, a spokesman for the navy of the Indian Ocean nation said on Friday.

The fire was still raging on the New Diamond tanker carrying about 2 million barrels of oil, said the spokesman, Captain Indika de Silva. There were 23 crew on board.

Reporting by Waruna Karunatilake and Arjuna Ranawana; Writing by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Clarence Fernandez