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Rescue team finds Iranian oil tanker's black box

Staff Writer | January 13, 2018
Two more bodies of crew members from the Iranian oil tanker Sanchi were found and the "black box" retrieved on Saturday, according to the Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Center.
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Four rescuers from China’s search and rescue team got on board the Iranian oil tanker ‘Sanchi’ at around 8:35 a.m. BJT on Saturday morning, and found the two bodies of crew member on a deck. The first body had been found on Monday, which leaves the number of the remaining crew members at 29.

The rescuers also retrieved the oil tanker's voyage data recorder (VDR), which stores important data on a ship.

Iran's Minister of Labor, Ali Rabiei, who was appointed by President Rouhani as the head of the committee to follow-up the Sanchi case, is currently in China’s crisis room to make the necessary coordination on search and rescue operations and meet up with the Chinese officials.

According to CEO of National Iranian Tanker Company, the Chinese rescuers were on board for only 30 minutes due to high levels of toxic gases and lack of oxygen.