Iranian oil tanker sinks after explosion shoots flames up to 1km high

Iranian oil tanker sinks after explosion shoots flames up to 1km high

Rescuers earlier this week recovered one body from the sea and two body from the ship after the Iranian vessel collided with the Chinese freight ship, resulting in it being set on fire.

The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the tanker then drifting south-east towards Japan.

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.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the Iranian labor minister on Sunday morning, the Chinese commander said all people on board the doomed tanker are feared dead, given the magnitude of the initial explosion in the crash.

All political and logistical capacities of Iran should be mobilized to rescue the tanker crew, the vice president added.

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

The cause of the collision remains unclear.

The Sanchi, owned by National Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying nearly 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil, to South Korea.

Three of the bodies of the more than 30 crew aboard have been recovered.

The crew was all Iranian expect for two Bangladeshis. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.

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