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Hope for tanker crew

China | Jan 11, 2018
The Iranian company whose oil tanker burst into flames after a collision in the East China Sea says there is still hope of finding survivors as 31 crew members remain missing and rescue efforts continue.

As the stricken Sanchin still lists after colliding with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal on Saturday, a spokesman for National Iranian Tanker Co in Teheran said that rescuers will probably find survivors.

"Since the vessel's engine room is not directly affected by the fire and is about 14 meters under water, there is still hope," spokesman Mohsen Bahrami said. "We are working to put out the fire and rescue possible survivors."

The body of one of the 32 crew members has been recovered and taken to Shanghai for identification, Bahrami said.

The Panamanian-registered Sanchin had a crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis. The 21 members of the Crystal's all-Chinese crew were rescued. The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 metric tonnes of condensate, a type of ultra-light oil.

The National Iranian Tanker Co describes itself as operating the largest tanker fleet in the Middle East.

ASSOCIATED PRESS



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