A fire broke out on the deck of the Russian tanker located in the Caspian Sea, 800 km from the city of Astrakhan.

One man of 11 crew members on board was killed, the rest were evacuated.

"A total of 11 people were aboard the Russian tanker during the fire. One of the crew members - a senior engineer - died and ten men were evacuated by the ship headed to the burning tanker," Interfax reports with reference to the emergency services of the Astrakhan region.

According to the source, the fire on the Russian tanker is now extinguishing with the help of Azerbaijani vessels. Air transport is planned to be involved in the near future.

"There is no crewmembers left aboard the tanker. Fire-fighting is underway," reads the statement. 

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