The Philippine motor tanker Philippine Leader was proceeding in ballast
from Fos to Mena al Ahmadi. Kuwait
when she was abandoned by her crew following violent explosions
on board some 33 miles SE of East London in lat 33.39.30S long 27.57.30E
on June 25, 1973.
Six crewmen died.
The other 40, including two with serious burn injuries,
were rescued by vessels in the area.
Drifting, still on fire, the Philippine Leader broke in two
about 50 miles SE of East London.
The afterpart sank almost immediately,
while the forepart was towed to a position off Port Elizabeth
before proceeding to Durban Roads.