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Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks off China after collision, report says

Burning Iranian oil tanker sinks off China after collision, report says
From CBC - January 14, 2018

An Iranian oil tanker has sunkafter burning for more than a week following a collision on Jan.6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday,adding that large amounts of oil were burning in the surroundingwaters.

The stricken tanker, called the Sanchi, whichhad been adrift and on fire following the accident with thefreighter CF Crystal, had "suddenly ignited" around noon local time, China Central Television (CCTV) said.

"Currently it has already sunk," CCTV said, citing theShanghai maritime search and rescue centre. It showed video of atower of billowing black smoke that it said reached as high as1,000 metres, and flames on the surface of the water. The shipsank before 5 p.m. local time,the broadcaster said.

China's State Oceanic Administration said that because thehull of the ship had detonated, a large amount of oil insurrounding waters was on fire, according to the official Xinhuanews agency.

The administration said it would expand the scope of itsmonitoring and "quickly ascertain the spread and drift ofoverflowing oil" from the wrecked ship.

Crew, passengers presumed dead

A Chinese salvage team on Saturday recovered two bodies fromthe tanker. Another body, presumed to be one of the Sanchi'ssailors, was found on Monday and brought to Shanghai foridentification.

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