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Burning oil tanker sinks with all 32 crew members confirmed dead

No hope of finding survivors: Two bodies were recovered from the tanker yesterday and another body was found on Monday and taken to Shanghai for identification 'No hope of survivors' in Iranian tanker fire, says official
Sammy Stanley | 14 January, 2018, 15:06

An Iranian oil tanker that has been ablaze for nearly a week after colliding with another vessel in the East China Sea has finally sunk, Chinese state media reports. It showed video of a tower of billowing black smoke and flames on the surface of the water.

Meanwhile, China's State Oceanic Administration is expanding the range of its monitoring to "quickly ascertain the spread and drift of overflowing oil" from the boat.

Three bodies have been recovered, while the other 29 bodies have not been found. A spokesman for the Iranian team, Mohammad Rastad, said there was no hope of finding any survivors. The four team members tried to get to the ship's living quarters but were driven back by temperatures on the burning ship of around 89 degrees Celsius, Xinhua said.

The crash happened last Saturday when an oil tanker collided with a freighter in the East China Sea 114 miles off China's coast
The crash happened last Saturday when an oil tanker collided with a freighter in the East China Sea 114 miles off China's coast

A rescue ship works to extinguish the fire on the stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea, on January 10, 2018 in this photo provided by Japan's 10th Regional Coast Guard.

The crew consisted of 30 Iranian and two Bangladeshi sailors. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.

There are 13 vessels near where the collision took place, including two Japanese ships and a South Korean one. The tanker was carrying 136,000 tonnes of ultra-light crude but Chinese officials say there is no major slick.

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