Oil Tanker Explodes – level 3

30-09-2016 15:00

On Saturday, there was an explosion on a Mexican oil tanker. About 15 or 20 minutes later, lifeboats came down from the tanker and the crew was evacuated.

The tanker, called Burgos, belongs to the Mexican state oil company Pemex. The blaze broke out about 13 kilometres from the port city of Boca del Rio in the Gulf of Mexico.

The fire follows a series of other mishaps at Pemex, which now is coping with major losses. The company says the cause of the fire is not known, but that all of the crew is safe.

Difficult words: blaze (a fire), mishap (an accident), cope (deal with, manage).

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