Explosion in the engine room of the British vessel RUDDERMAN: 5 crew members were injured and 4 of them brought into hospital at Leiden (The Netherlands) by helicopters (a.o. this Augusta Bell 204B). The 5th man was landed at Hook of Holland.
Christopher Rowbotham's sizeable fleet of small tankers were a familiar sight around the UK. Here the Rudderman is discharging at Purfleet in May 1973. Built Cochrane & Sons at Selby in 1968 she was 1,592 gr tons.