Burning oil tanker sinks off China after one week


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. Rescuers managed to recover two bodies from the ship, which drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone earlier this week.

The Sanchi was set ablaze in the East China Sea after a collision last Saturday with the CF Crystal, a ship hauling USA grain to China.

The ship later sank, the official news agency Xinhua cited the State Oceanic Administration as saying.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi previously told his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif that "as long as there is 1% of hope, China will continue to make 100% effort" to rescue and recover other members of the crew.

At least 29 crew members are feared dead after a deadly maritime collision involving the tanker and a freighter

It remains unclear if there has been a significant oil leak into the sea.

The Panama-registered tanker was carrying 136,000 tons of condensate, an ultra-light crude that is highly flammable, to South Korea.

The crew was all Iranian expect for two Bangladeshis.

A stricken Iranian oil tanker is sinking in the East China Seas and there is no hope to rescue the crew members, an Iranian maritime official said. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.