'No hope of survivors' on sinking Iranian oil tanker Sanchi

No Hope For Survivors As Iranian Oil Tanker Engulfed In Flames Sinks

Earlier in the day, an Iranian official had said it was likely that all crew had died, ChannelNewsAsia reported.

An Iranian oil tanker that has been ablaze for nearly a week after colliding with another vessel in the East China Sea has finally sunk, Chinese state media reports. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.

The head of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad, has said that there is no hope to find the missing crew members, ISNA reported.

The vessel, which "suddenly ignited" at midday (4am United Kingdom time) on January 6, is in danger of capsizing "at any time", according to Chinese state television.

On Saturday rescuers recovered the bodies of two crew members, found on the lifeboat deck of the Sanchi oil tanker.

The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi caught fire after a collision with a Chinese freighter CF Crystal
The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi caught fire after a collision with a Chinese freighter CF Crystal

All 32 sailors on board an oil tanker that sank after burning for a week have been confirmed dead.

All political and logistical capacities of Iran should be mobilized to rescue the tanker crew, the vice president added. The tanker was carrying a cargo of almost 1 million barrels of condensate, a type of gassy, ultra-light oil that readily evaporates or burns off in a fire, reducing the chance of a major oil spill.

Rescue efforts have been hampered due to weather conditions and "repeated explosions and gas leaks".

This is the latest of dozens of shipping accidents in the region, with the area dubbed "the new Bermuda Triangle", because of the number of ships that founder there.

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