Bod­ies of Iran’s sunken tanker crew repa­tri­ated

Iran Daily - - National -

The bod­ies of three crew mem­bers of Iran’s Sanchi oil tanker, re­trieved from the blaz­ing vessel be­fore its sink­ing, were repa­tri­ated.

The re­mains of the three Ira­nian sailors were repa­tri­ated on Wed­nes­day morn­ing from China, Tas­nim News Agency re­ported.

Of­fi­cials from the Oil Min­istry, the Na­tional Ira­nian Tanker Com­pany, and the Min­istry of La­bor and So­cial Wel­fare at­tended the cer­e­mony at Tehran’s Imam Khome­ini In­ter­na­tional Air­port to re­ceive the flag-draped cas­kets.

The bod­ies have re­turned home af­ter China re­ceived the DNA sam­ples taken from the fam­i­lies of the doomed vessel’s crew.

Sanchi, with 32 peo­ple – 30 Ira­ni­ans and two Bangladeshi­son board, col­lided with a Chi­nese freight ship in the East China Sea on Jan­uary 6 and caught fire af­ter a huge ex­plo­sion.

The Panama-reg­is­tered tanker was car­ry­ing 136,000 tons of con­den­sate, an ul­tra­light crude that is highly flammable, to South Korea.

It sank on Jan­uary 14 af­ter the spread of fire to new oil con­den­sate tanks cre­ated blazes as high as 100 me­ters and in­creased tem­per­a­ture to 350 de­grees Cel­sius (660 de­grees Fahren­heit).


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