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China suspends firefighting efforts after tanker explosion

AP  |  Beijing 

Chinese officials say an has rocked a stricken off the coast of Shanghai, forcing maritime authorities to suspend and rescue efforts.

China's ministry of transport said rescue vessels withdrew to a safe distance after the Wednesday on the Sanchi's bow, the latest setback in the multinational effort to extinguish the burning wreck.

The Sanchi was carrying nearly 1 million barrels of ultra-light when it collided Saturday evening with a freighter 257 kilometers off the coast and caught fire. Intense flames, bad weather and poor visibility have hampered rescue efforts.

Rescuers on Tuesday found a body believed to be a from the Iranian-operated tanker, while a search continued for 31 other missing crew members.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 18:35 IST