The 142,317 dwt Liberian motor tanker Casper Trader
was on a ballast passage from Sakaide to Dumai
when a fire broke out in her engine room
while in the South Chine Sea about 350 miles NE
of Singapore in lat 07.26N: long 108.22E on May 23, 1984.
Of the total number of 51 on board,
which included 20 Asian tank cleaners,
25 quickly abandoned ship in a life boat,
while another seven were picked up by a lifeboat
from one of the many vessels that proceeded to her assistance.
This left 17 survivors remaining on board
with two other dead,
having been trapped in the blazing engine room.