Chinese rescuers find two bodies on burning oil tanker

Chinese rescuers find two bodies on burning oil tanker

Chinese rescuers find two bodies on burning oil tanker

The Panama-registered Iranian oil tanker, Sanchi, with 32 crew members on board, caught on fire after colliding with a Hong Kong cargo ship on January 6, 160 nautical miles (296 km) from China's east coast.

On Saturday, rescue workers had found the bodies of two crew members in a lifeboat, BBC reported. But salvage workers were prevented from entering a living room on SANCHI's first floor as the inner temperature had reached 89 degrees Celcius.

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

Three bodies have been recovered, while the other 29 bodies have not been found.

The crew was all Iranian expect for two Bangladeshis.

The Sanchi, owned by National Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying nearly 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil, to South Korea.

There are 13 vessels near where the collision took place, including two Japanese ships and a South Korean one.

Intense flames, bad weather and poor visibility have all hampered rescue efforts.

The stricken tanker, called the Sanchi, which had been adrift and on fire for more than a week following the accident with another vessel in the East China Sea, had "suddenly ignited" around noon (0400 GMT), China Central Television said.

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