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No hope of survivors in Iranian tanker fire, says Chinese official

The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, has been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai on January 6

AFP | PTI  |  Tehran 

Sanchi pipeline
Sanchi pipeline Photo: AFP | PTI

An Iranian official said on Sunday there was no chance any crew members had survived among the 32 aboard an oil on fire off the coast of for more than a week.

"There is no hope of finding survivors among the members of the crew," Mohammad Rastad, spokesman for the Iranian rescue team dispatched to Shanghai, told Iran's state broadcaster.

He added that two-thirds of the Iranian was now under water.

The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of from Iran, has been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, 160 nautical miles east of on January 6.

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

Rastad said information from members of the Crystal crew suggested all the personnel on the Sanchi were killed in the first hour of the accident "due to the explosion and the release of gas".

"Despite our efforts, it has not been possible to extinguish the fire and recover the bodies due to repeated explosions and gas leaks," he said.

"Two-thirds of the is submerged, and the fire has spread to the entirety of the ship, and we can no longer approach it," he added.

First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 18:06 IST
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