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China's rugged Iranian tanker sinks after new explosion

On the boat, 32 crewmen traveled that the Iranian rescue team is dead

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China's rugged Iranian tanker sinks after new explosion
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  • Thirty Iranians and two Bangladeshi, missing in China after colliding two boats
  • China fears environmental catastrophe by rugged tanker off coast

The Iranian tanker Sanchi, who had drifted a week after colliding with a freighter in eastern Sea of China, has sunk this morning after a new explosion, as reported by official Chinese television, which has added that he has left around Large amounts of oil that are still burning. On boat, 32 crew members — 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshi — were travelling, and a spokesman for Iranian rescue team is dead. The bodies of two of sailors have been rescued this Saturday.

"It has already sunk," said China CCTV Television, citing Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Center. At time of collision, Sanchi transported 136,000 tons of crude (approximately one million barrels) of low density, something that has caused Chinese authorities to feared an environmental catastrophe.

The spokesman for Iranian rescue team sent to China to oversee containment operations, Mohamed Rastan, has confirmed death of crew. "The fire has spread to entire ship and we can no longer approach," he explained.

China's State Oceanic Administration has told that latest detonation of vessel has caused a large amount of oil in surrounding waters to ignite, according to Xinhua, official news agency. The agency has ensured that it would expand extension of monitoring to "quickly determine propagation and drift" of shipwrecked ship's fuel.

A Chinese rescue team recovered on Saturday two bodies of tanker. Anor body, presumably one of Sanchi's sailors, was found on Monday and taken to Shanghai to identify him.

Chinese Chancellor Wang Yi had told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif that "as long as re was a 1% hope, China would continue to make 100% of effort" to rescue and recover or members of crew.

The tanker, owned by National Iranian tanker Co, was heading to South Korea when it collided with freighter, which brought grain from U.S., to about 160 nautical miles (184 km) off coast of China near Shanghai.

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