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Burning tanker Sanchi sinks off Chinese coast

Staff Writer | January 14, 2018
An oil tanker, registered in Panama, sank off the coast of China, one week after colliding with another and remaining in flames.
Sanchi sinks
Shipping   Three bodies were recovered
The ship is named Sanchi, had a crew of 32 sailors and 136,000 tons of condensate in its warehouses from Iran to South Korea, when it crashed on Saturday night January 6 against a freighter from Hong Kong near the estuary of the Yangtze River.

The sinking occurred hours after registering a second explosion.

In the place remains an oil spill that covers 10 kilometers caused by a leak and the environmental authorities foresee that it affects the marine ecosystem.

Commandos from China, Japan, and South Korea worked on the search by sea and air of 29 missing people. Until yesterday three bodies were recovered.

The operations were difficult because the ship was on fire all the time, it recorded the first explosion on Thursday and the risk of another explosion with the consequent sinking remained since the interior temperature was 89 degrees Celsius.

Chinese rescuers recovered the black box of the boat and the device is now in the hands of specialists to analyze it and look for clues about what happened on the ship after the crash, said the CGTN television station.