More Bodies, Black Box Recovered from Burning Iranian Oil Tanker: Report

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea, a report said.

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The four members of the salvage team wore respirators to board the “Sanchi”, where they found the two bodies on the deck, state news agency Xinhua reported.

They tried to get to the living quarters but were driven back by temperatures on the burning ship of around 89 Celsius (192 Fahrenheit).

The body of a mariner suspected to be from the ship was recovered on Monday and sent to Shanghai for identification. The rest of the crew, which included 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, remains missing.

The salvage team recovered the voyage data recorder, or “black box” from the bridge, before leaving the vessel less than half an hour after boarding because the wind had shifted and “thick toxic smoke” had complicated the operation, according to the report.

Iran’s Army Spokesman Brigadier General Shahin Taqikhani said a special operations team from the Iranian Navy, including the Green Beret commandos, have been stationed at the Shanghai port and are waiting for the Chinese army’s equipment to participate in a heliborne operation to save possible survivors of the incident.

Iranian oil tanker ‘Sanchi’ which collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea on January 6 is still on fire after seven days.

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