Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

2 bodies recovered from burning oil tanker in China

2 bodies recovered from burning oil tanker in China

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.

The Iranian oil tanker went up in flames after it collided with a Chinese freighter in the East China Sea last week. An anchorwoman on state television also offered condolences on behalf of the nation for the loss.

Chinese officials could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday night, though the state-run broadcaster CGTN reported that the Sanchi had sunk. Previously, rescuers had found the bodies of two sailors from the Iranian tanker SANCHI.

The head of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad, has said that there is no hope to find the missing crew members, ISNA reported.

However, all 21 crew members on board the Chinese freighter CF Crystal were safe despite the collision.

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He added: "I genuinely miss it so much and I would give anything to be back out there". The Australian Open starts on 15 January. Kei Nishikori has already pulled out.

Footage of the rescue showed parts of the Sanchi still aflame, its hull and superstructure completely stripped of paint.

Dramatic photos of the scene showed tall flames raging on board the ship, which was carrying nearly a million barrels of crude oil. After that, the tanker, caught fire, with 32 people on board.

Rescue efforts have been hampered due to weather conditions and "repeated explosions and gas leaks".

This article was first published at 1:50 a.m.

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