On November 8, 1978, only 20 minutes after a severe explosion on board,
the Panamanian motor tanker Feoso Sun sank off Bataan refinery, Manila Bay,
in lat 14.30.42N, long 120.37.30E.
Of the 58 persons on board or nearby at the time,
30 lost their lives,
with many others suffering from burns.
The tanker had a crew of 42 Hong Kong Chinese and Indonesian nationals,
while also on board were three shipyard personnel
and five Filipino watchmen.
There were also 7 or 8 local boatmen
waiting alongside to ferry people to and from the vessel,
which had just discharged 19,564 tonnes of Chinese crude oil
at the Bataan refinery,
and had anchored 1,000 yards away to check for possible
hull damage believed to have been sustained
when she berthed four days earlier.
A huge burst of flame also erupted from the Feoso Sun
before she sank, her bow high in the air.
After being declared a CTL, the wrecked vessel
was sold to a salvage company for eventual scrapping.