2 bodies recovered from burning oil tanker in China

Chinese rescuers find two bodies on burning oil tanker

The Panama-registered Iranian oil tanker, Sanchi, with 32 crew members on board, caught on fire after colliding with a Hong Kong cargo ship on January 6, 160 nautical miles (296 km) from China's east coast.

The administration said it would expand the scope of its monitoring and "quickly ascertain the spread and drift of overflowing oil" from the wrecked ship. There were 32 people on board the tanker.

The crew consisted of 30 Iranian and two Bangladeshi sailors. The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran when the collision happened.

The Chinese freighter had 21 crew members, all of whom were reported safe.


Two bodies of crew members and the black box were found after four marine salvage workers from the Shanghai Salvage Bureau boarding on oil tanker SANCHI off the coast of Shanghai on January 13, according to the Wechat account of China's Ministry of Transport.

Thirteen ships, including one from South Korea and two from Japan, had been deployed in the rescue and cleanup effort, Intense flames, which was hampered by bad weather and poor visibility have all hampered rescue efforts.

The network said rescuers were prevented from entering the crew living quarters by temperatures as high as 192 degrees.

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