'No hope' for sailors aboard burning oil tanker, Iran official says

'No hope' for sailors aboard burning oil tanker, Iran official says

'No hope' for sailors aboard burning oil tanker, Iran official says

An Iranian oil tanker has sunk after burning for more than a week following a collision on January 6 in the East China Sea, Chinese state media said on Sunday, adding that large amounts of oil are burning in the surrounding waters.

Meanwhile, commander of the Chinese rescue teams has played down hopes about survival of the crew.

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Based on available evidence, all those on board died soon after the tanker collided with another vessel, Iran's state-run Press TV news channel reported, citing Mohammad Rastad, a spokesman for a Special Task Force for the incident.

The body of one crew member was found three or four miles from the tanker two days after the collision. Rescuers stayed aboard less than 30 minutes but were able to recover the ship's data and video recordings, it said.

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The crew was all Iranian expect for two Bangladeshis.

Footage of the rescue showed parts of the Sanchi still aflame, its hull and superstructure completely stripped of paint.

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Thirteen ships, including one from South Korea and two from Japan, were engaged in the rescue and cleanup effort Saturday, spraying foam in an effort to extinguish the fire.

Dramatic photos of the scene showed tall flames raging on board the ship, which was carrying nearly a million barrels of crude oil.

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The tanker has operated under five different names since it was built in 2008, according to the United Nations -run International Maritime Organization. After that, the tanker, caught fire, with 32 people on board.

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