Oil tanker burning in the East China Sea sinks

Oil tanker burning in the East China Sea sinks

An Iranian oil tanker, which had caught fire after it collided with a Chinese freight ship carrying grain on January 7, sank on Sunday, several media reports said quoting the Chinese state television. Rescuers managed to recover two bodies from the ship, which drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone earlier this week.

The ship has been ablaze for nearly a week since it collided with another vessel on January 6 in the East China Sea and has been drifting into Japanese economic zone over the past several days.

China's State Oceanic Administration said because the hull of the ship had detonated, a large amount of oil in surrounding waters was on fire, according to the official Xinhua news agency. There were 32 people on board the tanker.

It remains unclear if there has been a significant oil leak into the sea.


All political and logistical capacities of Iran should be mobilized to rescue the tanker crew, the vice president added.

The crew was all Iranian expect for two Bangladeshis. A spokesman for the Iranian team, Mohammad Rastad, said there was no hope of finding any survivors.

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

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