The Greek chief engineer Daktilsis Dimitrios
and two other engineers died
and two other crew members were reported missing,
when the Liberian motor tanker Assimi III experienced
an engine room fire near Tandjung Uban, 30 miles south of Singapore,
on April 26, 1968.
The remaining 28 all abandoned their ship,
which had just sailed from Tandjung Uban bound for Saigon,
loaded with high octane fuel and kerosene.
The fire was extinguished by the efforts of the Royal Navy
during the evening of April 28;
however, a fresh outbreak the following day engulfed the tanker,
causing her decks to split.
She then sank, partially submerged,
until a hugh explosion on May 1 finally sent her to the bottom