Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Disaster Fears Grow over Blazing Oil Ship in South China Sea

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Disaster Fears Grow over Blazing Oil Ship in South China Sea

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Byline: Michael Howie

FEARS of an environmental disaster were growing today amid a warning that an Iranian oil tanker on fire in the East China Sea could explode and sink.

The warning from Chinese state media came as an Iranian official said the body of one of 32 missing crew members had been found aboard the blazing tanker.

Rescue teams were trying to control the fire and find the crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.

Mohammad Rastad, of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation, told the ISNA agency that the body had been sent to Shanghai to be identified.

The Panama-registered tanker Sanchi had been sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided late on Saturday with Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal in the East China Sea, 160 miles off Shanghai, China's Ministry of Transport said.

All 21 Chinese nationals aboard the Crystal, which was carrying grain from the States to China, were rescued, the ministry said. China, South Korea and the US have sent ships and planes to search for Sanchi's crew. …

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