All sailors aboard Iranian burning oil tanker announced dead

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Earlier, near the shores of China, not far from Shanghai, an Iranian tanker collided with a Chinese ship.

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. An anchorwoman on state television also offered condolences on behalf of the nation for the loss. But Chinese officials played down fears of a major environmental disaster.

The cause of the collision is not clear.

All sailors aboard Iranian burning oil tanker announced dead

While China's search and rescue teams have recovered three bodies so far, a group of Iranian naval commandos have been dispatched to the crash site for rescue operation, waiting for safe conditions to take action.

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 Sanchi, carrying 1,36,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, had been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, on 6 January.

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A rescue ship works to extinguish the fire on the stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea, on January 10, 2018 in this photo provided by Japan's 10th Regional Coast Guard.

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

It's the second collision for a ship from the National Iranian Tanker Co.in less than a year and a half.

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