Oil tanker burning in the East China Sea sinks

Oil tanker burning in the East China Sea sinks

Oil tanker burning in the East China Sea sinks

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.

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.

Following the incident, 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis who were working on the oil tanker went missing.

Dramatic photos of the scene showed tall flames raging on board the ship, which was carrying nearly a million barrels of crude oil.

Thirteen ships, including one from South Korea and two from Japan, were engaged in the rescue and cleanup effort Saturday, spraying foam in an effort to extinguish the fire.


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

A stricken Iranian oil tanker is sinking in the East China Seas and there is no hope to rescue the crew members, an Iranian maritime official said.

The body of a mariner suspected to be from the ship was recovered on Monday and sent to Shanghai for identification.

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

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