Iranian oil tanker sinks one week after collision

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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.

Four salvage workers boarded the board SANCHI at 8:37 am on January 13, and found two bodies on deck in a lifeboat.

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

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

Dramatic photos of the scene showed tall flames raging on board the ship, which was carrying nearly a million barrels of crude oil. Another body had been found last week.

The crew was all Iranian expect for two Bangladeshis. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.

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The stricken tanker, called the Sanchi, which had been adrift and on fire for more than a week following the accident with another vessel in the East China Sea, had "suddenly ignited" around 12pm local time, China Central Television said.

Thirteen ships, including one from South Korea and two from Japan, had been deployed in the rescue and cleanup effort, Intense flames, which was hampered by bad weather and poor visibility have all hampered rescue efforts.

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