Jan 12, 2018, 1:20 PM
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Joint committee formed to rescue Iran tanker's crew

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA – An Iranian-Japanese-Chinese committee has been set up to explore the various dimensions of the Iranian tanker on fire in East China waters, as well as to ease the operation to rescue its crew.

The Iranian minister of cooperatives, labor and social welfare, Ali Rabiei, who is assigned to lead the coordination of rescue operation by President Hassan Rouhani said in a meeting with Japan's ambassador to Tehran that a joint commission will supervise the rescue operation so that the three countries can cooperate in a more effective way in helping the survivors.

The Iranian tanker, carrying condensates to South Korea, collided with a Chinese vessel off East China coast on January 6. The incident resulted in blast and fire, and all the crew on board went missing.

'With the operation being done so far and in the coming days, we hope to be able to bring good news to the families of the crews and all the Iranian people in coming days,' he said.

From the total 32 crew members (30 Iranians, and 2 Bangladeshis) on board of Iranian tanker, 31 have gone missing. The body of an Iranian crew was found 3 miles away from the tanker on Monday.

All the 21 crew members on board the bulk freighter who were Chinese, have been rescued.

The operation to extinguish the fire and rescue the missing crew is still under way.

Japan's coast guard announced that the stricken tanker has drifted into the country's waters due to strong winds. However, China still leads the operation to extinguish the fire on the tanker.

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