Iranian Tanker Ablaze After Collision Off China; 32 Lacking

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An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught hearth off China’s jap coast, leaving its whole crew of 32 lacking, most of them Iranians, authorities mentioned Sunday.

The lacking — 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis — are all from the tanker Sanchi, which spilled oil and was floating whereas nonetheless burning early Sunday, mentioned Chinese language maritime authorities, which dispatched police vessels and three cleansing ships to the scene.

South Korean coast guard additionally despatched a ship and an airplane to help the search effort.

The Panama-registered tanker was crusing from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal 160 miles from shore late Saturday, the Ministry of Transport mentioned.

All 21 members of the Crystal’s crew — all Chinese language nationals — have been rescued, the ministry mentioned.

It wasn’t instantly clear what brought about the collision.

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