Chinese rescuers find two bodies on burning oil tanker

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Two bodies of crew members and the black box were found after four marine salvage workers from the Shanghai Salvage Bureau boarding on oil tanker SANCHI off the coast of Shanghai on January 13, according to the Wechat account of China's Ministry of Transport.

Chinese rescuers on board the SANCHI off the coast of Shanghai on January 13, 2018. [Photo: China's Ministry of Transport]

Four salvage workers boarded the board SANCHI at 8:37 am on January 13, and found two bodies on deck in a lifeboat. They then entered into the navigation bridge and get SANCHI's black box, also known as the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR). But salvage workers were prevented from entering a living room on SANCHI's first floor as the inner temperature had reached 89 degrees Celcius. 

The SANCHI off the coast of Shanghai is still blazing on January 13, 2018. [Photo: China's Ministry of Transport]

It is reported that 13 vessels, including three Coast Guard boats and other vessels were still on site to rescue missing crewmembers, control pollution, and extinguish fires. 

On January 6, the Panama-registered oil tanker SANCHI collided with Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter CF Crystal about 160 nautical miles east of the Yangtze River estuary, causing a large fire on the SANCHI. A total of 32 crewmembers including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis are missing.


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