China: Body found, tanker still on fire after sea collision

2018-01-09 10:20
THe Panama-registered tanker "Sanchi" is seen ablaze after a collision with a Hong Kong-registered freighter off China's eastern coast on January 7. (Korea Coast Guard via AP)

THe Panama-registered tanker "Sanchi" is seen ablaze after a collision with a Hong Kong-registered freighter off China's eastern coast on January 7. (Korea Coast Guard via AP)

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Beijing - China's transport ministry says rescuers have found a body believed to be of a sailor from the Iranian oil tanker on fire after a collision at sea.

The ministry said the body had yet to be identified. There was no further word about 31 other sailors missing since the Panamanian-registered Sanchi collided with a freighter in the East China Sea late on Saturday.

Chinese media said the tanker was still on fire on Tuesday and at risk of exploding.

The tanker was carrying nearly 1 million barrels of condensate, a type of gassy, ultra-light oil, when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal. The freighter's 22 crew members were all reported safe.

South Korea, Japan and the US are aiding in rescue efforts.

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