Jan 14, 2018, 12:33 PM
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Thick smoke halts rescue operation for Iranian sailors

Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA – The thick smoke and the size of the fire of the Iranian tanker are so tremendous that the ships which were at the scene in East China coast to help tame the blaze and find the missing have withdrawn, an Iranian official said here on Sunday.

Now, all parts of the tanker which collided with a Chinese freighter on Jan 6 have been pushed burning, spokesman for the special committee on following up the situation of the incident Mohammad Rastad told IRNA.

The possibility of saving the seamen stuck at the blazing tanker has lessened, Rastad said, adding the fire and smoke have embraced the Iranian tanker with its 29 missing crew.

An Iranian tanker carrying condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on Saturday night (Jan 6), and the 32 members of the crew went missing. Three bodies have been found, according to Iran's officials.

Rastad added that the Iranian tanker is at risk of sinking.

The Iranian rescue teams were to get close to the tanker to find the missing crew and save their lives, but today's weather conditions and the re-start of the blaze hindered the rescue operation, the official said, adding the teams were not able to get closer than one kilometer to the ship.

On Jan 10, Iran's Consul General in China's Shanghai Port Alireza Irvash announced that the operation to put out the fire of the Iranian tanker began on Wednesday and flames of the fire subsided despite bad weather in the region.

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