2 bod­ies re­cov­ered from Iran oil tanker

The Asian Age - - World -

Bei­jing, Jan. 13: Chi­nese res­cuers on Satur­day re­cov­ered two bod­ies and the “black box” from a stricken Ira­nian oil tanker which has been ablaze for the past week off the east coast of China, the trans­port min­istry said.

The Sanchi, car­ry­ing 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, has been in flames since col­lid­ing with the CF Crys­tal, a Hong Kong- reg­is­tered bulk freighter, 160 nau­ti­cal miles east of Shang­hai last Satur­day.

It had a crew of 32 -30 Ira­ni­ans and two Bangladeshis. With the lat­est find a to­tal of three bod­ies have now been re­cov­ered. The re­main­ing sailors are still miss­ing.

“At 0837 ( 0037 GMT), four res­cuers equipped with masks and bot­tles of oxy­gen were placed at the deck at the back of the Sanchi with the help of a crane,” the Chi­nese trans­port min­istry said in a state­ment. “They dis­cov­ered the bod­ies of two sailors in a lifeboat.”

A video re­leased by the min­istry shows res­cuers with white hel­mets and or­ange jump­suits walk­ing on the tanker, whose grey metal­lic struc­ture ap­pears to have been dev­as­tated.

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