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Burning oil tanker ‘sinks off China’ after one week

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    The Sanchi had been burning for more than a week since the collisionImage copyright Reuters
    Image caption The Sanchi had been burning for more than a week since the collision

    An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say.

    The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the tanker then drifting south-east towards Japan.

    Iranian officials now say all 32 crew members – 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis – on the tanker are dead.

    The tanker was carrying 136,000 tonnes of ultra-light crude but Chinese officials say there is no major slick.

    China Central Television said that the Sanchi had gone down after “suddenly igniting” around noon (04:00 GMT).

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    Media captionBodies were airlifted off the tanker on Saturday

    Some 13 vessels and an Iranian commando unit had been taking part in the salvage operation, amid bad weather.

    On Saturday, salvage workers had boarded the vessel and found the bodies of two crewmen in a lifeboat.

    Only one other body had been found during the week of salvage operations.

    The rescue workers retrieved the ship’s black box but had to leave quickly because of the toxic smoke and high temperatures.

    Image caption A map showing the initial collision point and approximate location a week later
    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-42680945

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