Three men died of burns, a further 4 remained missing,
and another five were seriously injured
when the Argentine motor tanker Director Madariaga
caught fire following an engine room explosion
while lying at anchor off Comodoro Rivadavia,
loaded with petrol and oil products,
during the night of March 17, 1965.
The intense heat forced the remaining crew members to abandon ship.
The fire was not extinguished until three days later.
After being towed to La Plata,
the burnt out wreck was condemned and sold for scrap.