Firefighters battle to put out the fire on the Maersk container vessel in the Arabian Sea last week. Photo: Facebook

Four seamen, including two Filipinos, are missing after a container vessel caught fire in the Arabian Sea last week.

A Maersk Line container vessel carrying 27 crew members was on its way to the Suez Canal from Singapore when it suddenly caught fire at 3.20pm on March 6, Philippine News reported.

Aside from the four crew members reported missing, 23 were rescued. However, a Thai national died due to the injuries he had sustained.

In a statement, Maersk Line said a search was continuing for the four missing crew members.

It was reported that the container vessel was still ablaze on March 7. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

“Obviously, finding the cause of the fire is very important to us and a full investigation will be conducted as soon as possible,” Maersk said.

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